Yesterday we saw a photo of Janet Jackson facing off with her brother Jermaine Jackson amid a shizz storm of controversy swirling around the family. At the heart of the matter is the “missing” matriarch Katherine Jackson (even tho she’s not really missing) and in-fighting over the validity of Michael Jackson‘s will. In the middle of all of this drama are MJ‘s children who have been left unattended by Katherine … to the point where the executors of MJ‘s estate went to court today to seek new guardianship for the children. Surveillance video filmed at the Jackson family home seems to show Janet fighting with Paris, a court has ruled that TJ Jackson (who?) is the new guardian for MJ‘s kids and all of us are just trying to make sense of all of this craziness. Read on and let’s try and sort this mess out.
Security camera video obtained by CNN shows the tension between Jackson family members amid a very public dispute over the whereabouts of Katherine Jackson.
The 82-year-old matriarch of the Jackson music dynasty has not contacted Michael Jackson’s three children since she left the home she shares with them on July 15, although a sheriff’s investigation concluded she is safe in Arizona. Siblings Janet, Jermaine and Randy Jackson attempted to convince Michael Jackson’s two oldest children to leave Katherine Jackson’s home with them Monday, but Paris and Prince resisted, three sources with knowledge of the incident said. The sources asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the matter. The video shows Janet Jackson apparently trying to take a cell phone away from Paris Jackson at the Calabasas, California, home. She scolded her niece for using her phone to write about family issues on Twitter, according to the three sources. Paris, Michael Jackson’s 14-year-old daughter, posted a Twitter message at about the same time: “gotta love fam.” Prince, 15, is seen walking away from his Uncle Randy into the home’s security office. Paris soon followed. Randy and Janet Jackson appeared to be recording the incident with their cell phones. Sheriff deputies broke up a scuffle minutes later involving Randy and Jermaine Jackson and their cousin Trent Jackson, who works for their mother, according to several people who witnessed it. No one was arrested, although a battery report was taken and an investigation is ongoing, Los Angeles County sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said. The drama happened as Los Angeles County sheriff’s detectives closed a missing persons case opened for Katherine Jackson, who was found to be with her daughter Rebbie in Arizona.
First off, I cannot take the reporter making comments in this video seriously. Homegirl needs to tone down her ridiculousness, like, seriously. OK … so let’s try and sort this out, it’s starting to make sense. Katherine Jackson, as far as TJ Jackson and Michael Jackson‘s children know, “disappears” on July 15 without a word. They start to get worried and open a missing person investigation with the police. Katherine‘s children, it turns out, sneaked her off to Arizona … for some unknown reason. The Jacksons try to take control of the situation and the children but they won’t be quieted nor do they seem to trust their aunts and uncles, after all, Katherine is still in Arizona away from the kids. At one point, it was reported that Janet called Paris a “spoiled bitch” which, if true, just goes to show how ugly things have gotten between the children and their aunts and uncles. Since Katherine is still away, MJ‘s estate executors go to court to ask that a new temporary guardian be named for MJ‘s kids and TJ Jackson (who works for Katherine in her home here in Calabasas, CA) gets the job:
There’s a reason TJ Jackson had a lawyer prepare legal papers to make him the temporary guardian of Michael Jackson’s kids — he has already partially assumed that role … TMZ broke the story … TJ became alarmed when Katherine Jackson — the current legal guardian — disappeared for more than a week. Jackson sources tell us … TJ — the 34-year-old married son of Tito — has had a strong connection to Paris, Prince and Blanket for years, but was especially comforting after MJ died. One example … at the Michael Jackson tribute show in Wales, Katherine was by herself in a private area, far from the kids. TJ was in full dad mode, helping Blanket tie his shoes, helping Prince tie his tie. He made sure the kids were fed during the concert, which lasted for hours. Paris, Prince and Blanket adore TJ and are behind the temp guardianship move, and that’s something that will weigh heavily with the probate judge. We’re told TJ is in wait mode — to see what happens with Katherine. But the papers are drafted and he’s ready to make his move in court … Judge Mitch Beckloff advised TJ and his lawyer, Charles Shultz, to seek a permanent guardianship, after hearing stories that Katherine may have been held against her will “from third parties.” Translation — Randy, Janet, Jermaine and Rebbie.
Hot. Mess. Honestly, the ridiculous family drama that has always encircled the Jacksons is of little import to me … it’s like background noise to me. That family has always been a mess. Always. What really bothers me is how MJ‘s kids are being lost in the shuffle. Those children have gone from being overprotected by their father to having almost most protection at all. They are now free to do pretty much whatever they want, Tweet whatever they want … without strong parental supervision. Children need structure and amid this chaotic homelife, I’d argue they need extra supervision. It looks now like Michael Jackson was right to overprotect his kids … even from his own family. I’m not sure what is going on with Katherine but if she can’t be home to care for the kids, she needs to just let them be raised by someone else. It sounds like TJ Jackson is the right man for the job but … who knows? I’m certain we’ll hear more about this story as things develop … hopefully, for the kids’ sake, we’ll hear good news soon.