Katherine Jackson Returns Home From Trip Following Custody Dispute
LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Michael Jackson’s mother, Katherine, was back home in the Southland one day after a judge stripped her guardianship over her grandchildren, at least temporarily — but her return from a mystery-shrouded trip to Arizona did little to heal a rift roiling the late pop star’s family.
Prince Jackson, 15, broke his silence on his grandmother’s travels, posting on his Twitter page that he is “really angry and hurt” after realizing she has been misled by other family members.
Until Thursday, his 14-year-old sister, Paris, had been doing the tweeting, telling the world of the absence of Katherine Jackson, who had been missing from the family compound in Calabasas since July 15 amid a family dispute that, while murky, appeared to center on Jackson’s will and the hundreds of millions of dollars his estate has been generating since his death in June 2009.
“As long as I can remember my dad had repeatedly warned me of certain people and their ways. Although I am happy my grandma was returned, after speaking with her I realized how misguided and how badly she was lied to. I’m really angry and hurt,” Prince tweeted, alleging family members “denied us” — himself, Paris, and their 10-year-old brother, Blanket — any opportunity to “contact to our grandmother.”
Prince Jackson’s comments, however, have since been removed from his Twitter page.
Katherine Jackson appears to have returned to the Southland Wednesday night or early this morning.
“grandma’s here! .thankyougod 33,” Paris tweeted in the middle of the night. Her tone had been more adversarial Tuesday morning, when she tweeted: “9 days and counting… so help me god i will make whoever did this pay.”
Family members reported over the weekend that Katherine Jackson was missing. Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials and other Jackson family members later said she was in Arizona with family members.
Some family members speculated she was kidnapped in a bid to enlist her in a fight over the Michael Jackson fortune, according to the Los Angeles Times. But Katherine Jackson denied it.
“I’m fine and I’m here with my children and my children would never do a thing like that, hold me against my will. It’s very stupid for people to think that,” she said in an interview on ABC News. She was with three of her children — Jermaine, Janet and Rebbie — during the interview.
Whatever the true reason for her absence, it came after Jackson siblings Randy, Janet, Jermaine, Tito and Rebbie sent a letter to the executors of Michael Jackson’s estate, challenging the validity of his will, from which they were excluded. They contended that Jackson was in New York the day the executors claim he signed the will in Los Angeles. Tito reportedly has withdrawn his opposition to the will.
The executors of Jackson’s estate have insisted the will is valid and have denounced efforts to discredit the document.
During an emergency hearing in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday, Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff suspended Katherine Jackson’s guardianship her grandchildren, in part because of her absence, and gave the job to 34-year-old TJ Jackson, the son of Tito Jackson, one of Michael’s brothers.
TJ Jackson told Beckloff that he spoke to Katherine Jackson Tuesday and that she was talking strangely. Attorneys for TJ and Katherine Jackson told Beckloff they suspected Katherine Jackson’s absence was not voluntary.
Beckloff set another hearing for Aug. 22. But Katherine Jackson’s attorney, Perry Sanders, said he will move quickly once his client returned to California to have her guardianship rights restored.
Sanders said Wednesday he flew to the Miraval Resort spa near Tucson, Ariz., hoping to meet with his client at the invitation of some of the Jackson family members with her.
“They said she was there because of her high blood pressure and to get some R&R,” he said.
But he said he was told once there that he would not be allowed to visit with her after all.
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