Inside The Jackson Feud!
There’s nothing like $500 million (Dhs1.8 billion) to cause a major family feud. That’s what happened to the Jackson family this month as a battle between several generations of Jacksons raged in the public eye! “An all-out war broke out at the California home of ‘missing’ Jackson family matriarch Katherine Jackson… complete with slapping and punching,” reported TMZ. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg. The family feud started to grow roots when Michael Jackson’s debts were paid off and his estate grew to be worth half a billion dollars. When Michael died in 2009, he left his three children in his mother Katherine’s care and didn’t leave a dime to his father and siblings. The validity of his will has been called into question from the beginning, and the cries from the left out family members got louder this month, as did the drama surrounding Katherine’s whereabouts. Did she go missing? The consensus is no, but her false disappearance was enough to lose custody of her three grandkids. Here, Ahlan! breaks down the Jackson drama, day by day.
14 July: BAD MEDICINE
Katherine, 82, is examined by Dr Allan Metzger at the Jackson family compound in Calabasas, California. Paris Jackson tweets, “The same doctor that testified on behalf of Dr Murray saying my father was [an] addict (a lie) is caring for my grandmother... just saying.” CNN reported that the doctor came to Katherine’s home “under false pretenses” by claiming her physician sent him there. Katherine spoke to him about her planned trip to Albuquerque, New Mexico to see her sons’ Unity Tour. Katherine’s lawyer said, “The doctor advised Jackson that it was better for her to take a plane on a trip planned for the next day, rather than ride in a RV driven by [nephew] Trent Jackson.”
15 July: VANISHING ACT
Taking the doctor’s advice, Katherine leaves on a plane with daughter Rebbie and does not make contact with her grandchildren.
18 July: FAKE!
This is when it really starts to be about the money. Rebbie, Randy, Tito, Jermaine and Janet Jackson write a letter to the executors of Michael Jackson’s estate, John Branca and John McClain, accusing them of forging Michael’s will. “You have failed to perform your duties as executors of his estate, but what you have not failed at is taking advantage of a grieving mother, father and a grieving family… The shock of Michael’s sudden unexpected passing was overwhelming to our family, to say the least. At the time, we couldn’t possibly fathom what is so obvious to us now: that the will, without question, is Fake, Flawed and Fraudulent,” wrote the siblings.
Their letter also claims that Katherine suffered a stroke, which Paris refutes on Twitter, “I will defend my beloved family member with all I have, even if it means from other family members.” In response Jermaine tweeted, “The truth is that Mother DID suffer a mini-stroke some months ago.”
20 July: PLOTTING
“Randy and Jermaine Jackson are trying to get at Michael Jackson’s money, by hatching a sinister plot involving Katherine Jackson... so claim sources connected with the Michael Jackson Estate,” TMZ reports. Sources say, “Randy and Jermaine will try and get themselves appointed as her conservators, which would give them access to more than $70,000 (Dhs250,000) a month.” Jermaine responded by saying the claim was “as far-fetched as it is untrue”.
21 July: MISSING
Trent Jackson files a missing persons report for Katherine Jackson. Paris, Prince and Blanket have not heard from their grandmother in a week. Paris tweets, “Yes, my grandmother is missing. I haven’t spoken with her in a week I want her home now.”
22 July: BLOCKED!
The LA County Sheriff’s Department says that Katherine is reportedly with her family. Jermaine says, “No one is being ‘blocked’ from speaking with Mother. She is merely an 82-year-old woman following doctor’s orders to rest-up and de-stress, away from phones and computers. Everyone has been well aware of this within the family.” That night, Katherine contacts police to say she’s fine and in Arizona with daughter Rebbie.
23 July: POLICE CALLED
Despite Katherine reaching out to police and the release of a photo of her playing cards at a spa, Paris tweets, “8 days and counting. Something is really off, this isn’t like her at all. I wanna talk directly to my grandmother.” Soon after her tweet, the police are called to the Jackson compound in Calabasas where there is an argument taking place between Paris, Blanket, Prince, Janet, Jermaine, Randy and Katherine’s nephew, Trent. Security footage shows Paris in a heated confrontation with Janet who tries to take away her phone. TMZ reported that Janet screamed, “You’re a spoiled little b****!” and Paris said, “This is our house. Not the Jackson family house. Get the f*** out!” Trent then allegedly punched Jermaine in the face and held Randy in a headlock. Not too shaken up, Paris went to her uncle’s Unity concert that night.
24 July: TITO REBELS
Tito releases a statement that he is breaking from Janet, Jermaine, Randy and Rebbie and retracts his name from the letter sent to Michael’s will executors.
25 July: KIM K’S EX
Now it’s TJ’s time to shine. Tito’s 34-year-old son, who once dated Kim Kardashian, is awarded temporary guardianship over Paris, Blanket and Prince during an emergency hearing. During the court appearance, TJ recalled a conversation he had with his grandmother and said, “She wasn’t sharp. The pauses, choice of vocabulary… she has not used certain phrases like that before.”
To keep the drama rolling, Katherine reportedly calls the Jackson home and sounds like she’s taken illegal substances. Jezebel reports, “She orders that the security team there be removed and replaced with Janet’s security team. She also fires Trent and orders that he vacate the property.” Randy then jumps on Twitter to say Katherine was not under the influence of illegal substances. He adds, “Trust me – the Executors are behind this. The ‘powers that be’ use tabloid media to spin their lies and divide our family. THIS IS NOT OVER.” Later that day, Katherine does a segment for ABC from Arizona and says she’s angry she lost her guardianship and was never kidnapped.
26 July: GRAN’S HOME!
Katherine heads back to her home in Calabasas and Paris rejoices on Twitter. “Grandma’s here! #thankyougod,” tweets the teen. And finally Prince Jackson, who has stayed totally quiet, chimes in too. He releases a statement, saying, “I have been holding off on backing up my sister and her tweets avidly because I was waiting for the time to reveal my side. 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.” He also shared a screenshot of a group chat where Janet Jackson allegedly asks the kids be denied contact with their grandmother.
27 July: UNITY
Maybe Marlon, Tito, Jackie and Jermaine’s Unity Tour was aptly named after all. TMZ reports, “Katherine Jackson and Michael Jackson’s three kids all showed up at the Jackson Brothers’ Unity Tour... even though one of the members, Jermaine Jackson, is actively trying to overthrow the MJ estate.”
28 July: FINAL TWIST
In another twist, Debbie Rowe, the biological mother of Paris and Prince, declares that she would like to be consulted about the children’s guardianship. And the drama continues…