It has been a crazy week for the Jackson family, with the children of the late pop star, Michael Jackson. at the center of a family drama. Their grandmother, Katherine Jackson, lost custody, but as of July 27, 2012, it looks like an agreement to share custody with another grandson, T.J., has been reached, according to news reports on the L.A Times and TMZ.
Michael Jackson, who died suddenly in 2009, designated his mother, Katherine Jackson, as the legal guardian of his children, Prince Michael, Paris and Blanket. The children have been living with their grandmother in her Calabreses estate, in Los Angeles, Calif. Paris Jackson pays heartbreaking tribute to father at memorial.
In addition to the children, the vast and growing fortune of Michael Jackson is at stake. Even though Michael Jackson designated his mother as guardian, there appears to be a widening family rift over who should control Michael Jackson’s legacy and assets. Jackson’s siblings have been left out of the will and want a piece of the profitable pie left by their megastar brother.
Katherine Jackson left Los Angeles, on July 15, for a ten day spa retreat. This is puzzling, because it seems that family members were not aware of her plans. She was reported missing to Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies that weekend.
Paris Jackson, 14, took to Twitter with her concerns about her grandmother.
yes , my grandmother is missing . i haven’t spoken with her in a week i want her home now . Paris Jackson on Twitter – July 17.
Michael’s brothers, Jermaine and Randy Jackson, also used Twitter to advance their positions, turning the family drama into a very public fight. There have been accusations that Katherine Jackson was being held against her will by her children, Janet, Randy, Jermaine and Rebbie.
On July 17, Rebbie, Janet, Jermaine and Randy Jackson signed a letter demanding the resignation of the two men who oversee business affairs for their late brother’s estate. The letter accused the trustees, John Branca and John McClain, of numerous misdeeds, including faking the will that gave them their powers, lying to Katherine Jackson and covering up the real cause Jackson’s death.
On July 26, Katherine Jackson lost custody of her grandchildren to another grandchild, T.J., the son of Tito Jackson. T.J. was named the temporary guardian of the children. Judge Mitch Beckloff reportedly advised TJ and his lawyer, Charles Shultz, to seek permanent guardianship.
T.J. told Judge Beckloff that he had received an odd phone call from Katherine and that she sounded strange, explaining, “I’ve never heard my grandmother talk like that. She wasn’t sharp. The pauses, choice of vocabulary … she has not used certain phrases like that before.” This fueled speculation that the family matriarch may have been drugged.
Now, Katherine Jackson is back in Los Angeles. Initially, she wanted the return of sole custody of the children, but has reportedly agreed to share custody with T.J., 34, who has been helping to care for the children since 2009. The children are said to favor the arrangement.
The joint arrangement “will essentially now legally reflect how Mrs. Jackson and T.J. have often shared responsibilities of raising the children since Michael Jackson’s tragic passing,” lawyer Perry R. Sanders Jr. wrote, according to the L.A Times.
Under the arrangement, T.J. Jackson would oversee the children’s schooling as well as the household staff and security, while Katherine Jackson would keep control of the children’s $70,000/month financial allowance from the singer’s estate, according to the statement.
Katherine Jackson will get to focus on being a grandmother to the children, while T.J. will focus on their outside interests.
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