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Tuesday
Mar052013

La Toya Jackson Denies Control over MJ’s Kids

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- La Toya Jackson is denying published reports that she has signed her late brother’s children to her talent management agency and is managing their careers.

The New York Post reported Sunday that Jackson, 56, had signed Michael Jackson’s children, 16-year-old Prince, 14-year-old Paris and 10-year-old Blanket, to Ja-Tail Enterprises, a talent agency which reportedly has no other clients.

The story also claimed that Jackson gets a 15 percent commission on each deal she negotiates for the three children, and that bidding for a reality TV series featuring the children and the family matriarch, Katherine Jackson, had approached $10 million.

La Toya Jackson sharply rejected the claims. In a statement she labeled the Post's story, “completely and unequivocally false” and said she was she seeking legal advice.

The statement added that Jackson provides the children advice and support but further said: “Neither La Toya nor her company represent any of MJ’s children in any legal capacity nor has she received any commissions or payment as a result of their individual ventures.”

She also denied shopping a reality show for the three children, but said in the statement that she had been “diligently” assisting Prince with his career at his request. Prince Jackson is a special correspondent on Entertainment Tonight and also has a guest-starring role in the series finale of 90210 on the CW.

Custody of Michael Jackson’s three children and a dispute over his estate led to a very public feud in the family last year.

Life With La Toya, a reality show starring La Toya Jackson, will premiere on the Oprah Winfrey Network later this year.

 

La Toya Jackson’s Full Statement:

“The story in the NY Post is completely and unequivocally false.  Neither La Toya nor her company represent any of MJ’s children in any legal capacity nor has she received any commissions or payment as a result of their individual ventures. As a loving Aunt, when the children ask for help or advice she supports them 100%, and will continue to do so.

Furthermore, there is no shopping of a reality show for the children. Paris did her movie deal over a year ago directly with the production company and La Toya had nothing to do with it. Over the past year Prince has continuously asked his Aunt for her help in starting his career because of the infrastructure she has.  When she asked her nephew what he wanted for his birthday he replied, “He just wanted to work,” It was at the time that she diligently started to assist him with his career and that’s when Entertainment Tonight was booked and then 90210.

La Toya is currently consulting with her attorneys on how to proceed against these false and derogatory statements made by the NY Post and other participating publications.”

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Jul242012

Lawyer: We Don't Know Where Katherine Jackson Is

Lester Cohen/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- A lawyer for Katherine Jackson, Michael Jackson's mother and his children's legal guardian, said that she and the children do not know where their grandmother is and she believes the family matriarch is being kept in the dark about what has happened.

"We don't know where she is," attorney Sandra L. Ribera told Nightline. "We know that she is in Arizona, allegedly, but we don't know where because law enforcement won't give us the address, because it is an ongoing investigation."

Katherine Jackson, the 82-year-old legal guardian of her late son Michael Jackson's three children -- Prince, Paris and Blanket -- was reported missing on Saturday after her grandchildren hadn't heard from her in days. She was found "resting" with her daughter in Arizona. X17Online obtained a photo of Jackson smiling and playing Uno with family in Arizona.

Michael Jackson's siblings released a statement on Monday saying the missing person's report was, "created by the very person and persons we are trying to protect our mother from."

Ribera said that while the Los Angeles County Sheriff's department considered the case closed, they were "exhausting other options" to find Katherine Jackson, including seeking help from the FBI and local law enforcement in Arizona. She said Katherine Jackson is being prevented from contacting her grandchildren, "by the people that she is staying with," but she declined to name anyone specifically.

Paris Jackson, 14, tweeted Tuesday, "9 days and counting ... so help me god i will make whoever did this pay."

Sources told ABC News that a court-appointed child advocate met with Michael Jackson's children Monday night and is working with them so that they can rejoin their grandmother.

Court papers likely will be filed this week to demand that Katherine Jackson be allowed contact with the children. Sources told ABC News that the filing would likely include a request for a temporary guardian for the children, expected to be someone already around the children.

Ribera would not comment on any arrangements concerning temporary custody of the children, but said that Trent Jackson, Katherine Jackson's nephew and confidant who reported her missing, and Tito Jackson's children, including TJ Jackson, were at Katherine Jackson's Calabasas, Calif., home looking after them in her absence.

"All I can say is that efforts are being made as a result of what happened on Monday to make sure that the children are safe and well protected," Ribera said.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department responded to a "family disturbance" at the Jackson family home Monday after Ribera said Randy, Jermaine and Janet Jackson showed up, broke through a security gate and apparently tried to take Michael Jackson's kids away. Ribera said the scene was "chaos."

"It was a surprise kind of greeting, it was friendly -- the kids love their aunts and uncles and cousins, of course -- but then it turned into yelling and flailing of arms," Ribera said. "It was very aggressive, a kind of ambush-type scenario, and I saw with my own eyes the kids exit down the back of the house into the canyon to escape."

Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said Monday there was a "scuffle" between two family members at Katherine Jackson's home, but no arrests were made. Ribera also declined to name who had been involved in the altercation and would only say that Janet Jackson grabbed Paris' cell phone.

"[The children] were very shaken up," Ribera said. "They don't understand why they're being prevented from talking to [Katherine Jackson] and why she's being prevented from calling them. It's been nine days. She's never done this."

Jermaine Jackson released a statement earlier this week about his mother's whereabouts, saying this is all "a conspiracy to deflect attention away from a letter we wrote asking for the resignation of executors" of Michael Jackson's will.

Five of Michael Jackson's siblings last week said his will was fake and the executors of his lucrative estate, John McClain and John Blanca, should step down. Jackson's entire fortune was left to his mother and three kids.

"They [executors of the will] will not stand down because the siblings who were left out of Michael's will want them to," said Zia Modabber, who is the attorney for the Jackson estate.

Howard Mann, Katherine Jackson's business partner, believed money was pulling the family apart.

"I believe that Katherine and the children who are benefactors of the estate fall on one side, and then Randy, Jermaine and Rebbie and Tito fall on the other side," Mann said. "They're a group of people who have a great deal of questions about the administration of the estate."

Modabber said, "I can't speak for them. I don't know what's motivating Jermaine and Randy and some of these others, but money is not a bad guess."

Modabber and Mann faced off in court Monday in a dispute over Mann and Katherine Jackson's selling Michael Jackson merchandise.

"It doesn't matter that it's Howard Mann and he may give some of the money to his family, to Katherine Jackson or anybody else," Modabber said. "You can't take property that belongs to the estate, make money from it, without getting permission from the estate."

Mann's attorney argues the material is and always was owned by Katherine Jackson and her husband Joe, and not the late King of Pop.

Michael Jackson's estate is worth about $1 billion and counting.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Sep282011

Michael Jackson's Children Watched Conrad Murray Try to Revive Him

AL SEIB/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Michael Jackson's children cried as they watched Dr. Conrad Murray attempt to revive the King of Pop's lifeless body in the bedroom of Jackson's rented mansion, the head of Jackson's security team testified Wednesday at Murray's manslaughter trial.

Faheem Muhammad, a security guard and driver for Jackson, described to jurors the chain of events on the day Jackson died from a drug overdose June 25, 2009.

Muhammad said that when he reached the Jackson home, he found a sweaty Murray in Jackson's bedroom hovering over Jackson, who was lying on the floor.

"He appeared to be administering CPR. He appeared very nervous," Muhammad said.

Jackson's "eyes were open and his mouth was slightly open," Muhammad said, adding that he appeared to be dead.

Muhammad asked if 911 had been called and was told that they were on their way.

"Immediately, I was shocked just seeing him. Shortly after that, I realized that his children were standing outside of his room...the two older ones," Muhammad said.

"Paris was on the ground balled up crying and Prince...was standing there...and he just had a real shocked, just slowly crying-type of look on his face," he said.

Muhammad said he grabbed the children and called for their nanny and moved them to a place where they couldn't see Jackson.

Murray showed little emotion in the courtroom as Muhammad recounted the frantic effort to save Jackson's life. Murray could face four years in prison if convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the overdosing death of Jackson.

Muhammad's testimony followed that of Jackson's personal assistant, Michael Amir Williams. Williams told jurors that soon after Jackson's death, Murray requested to return to the Jackson home because "there's some cream in Michael's room in the house that he wouldn't want the world to know about."

Propofol, the powerful anesthetic found in Jackson's system at the time of his death, has a white, creamy appearance and is called "milk" by addicts.

The testimony followed a morning of witnesses' describing how Murray came to be Jackson's physician. Murray was hired to be Jackson's doctor as the singer prepared to embark on a 50-night comeback tour dubbed This Is It.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Monday
Nov082010

Michael Jackson's Kids Tell Oprah Winfrey: 'He Was Just a Normal Dad'

Photo Courtesy - Paul Warner/WireImage/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- As an album of Michael Jackson's previously-unheard music nears its release, his family is ready for a release of its own.

In a candid interview with Oprah Winfrey for The Oprah Winfrey Show Monday, Jackson's children, Prince, Paris and Blanket, opened up about their pop icon father for the first time since his death.

Surrounded by their cousins at the Jackson family's California compound, Prince, 13, and Paris, 12, talked about growing up with Michael.

"I kind of felt like no one understood what a good father he was. He was the best cook ever," Paris told Winfrey. "He was just a normal dad."

"He made the best French toast in the world," she added. "He just made the best breakfasts in the world."

Prince and Paris described Michael as "strict" but said he often treated them to sweets like Snickers candy bars and Coca-Cola.

"He tried to raise us without us knowing who he was, but that didn't really go so well," Paris said, smiling.

Jackson's mother and father, Katherine and Joe Jackson, also talked to Winfrey about their son's life and death.

Katherine admitted that she tried to keep Michael away from drugs like Propofol, just as she tried to get him to stop undergoing plastic surgery.

"I thought it was too small," she said of Jackson's post-surgery nose, adding that it looked "like a toothpick at one time." "I had told him, 'That's enough, why do you keep going?'"

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