Katherine Jackson returns home amid feud

2012-07-26 17:46
 Los Angeles -  Michael Jackson's mother apparently returned home to the late pop singer's three children, after a judge temporarily took away her guardianship because of her long absence during a family feud over Jackson's estate.

Granddaughter Paris Jackson tweeted early on Thursday: "grandma's here!" Katherine Jackson's son Marlon also posted a note on Twitter saying his mother had returned, adding she looked and sounded great.

Katherine Jackson told ABC News that the court ruling taking away her guardianship was "based on a bunch of lies".

Michael's will

The family fighting was revealed on Sunday after a relative reported Katherine Jackson missing, but she was later located safely with other family members in Arizona.

In addition to concerns about the safety of Jackson's children, some of Michael Jackson's siblings have called on the executors of his estate to resign. Randy Jackson told MSNBC on Tuesday he believes his brother's will is a fake and that the executors have engaged in criminal activity.

The estate, which recently reported it saw $475m in gross earnings since Jackson's death in June 2009, has denied wrongdoing and called the accusations "false and defamatory".

Amid the turmoil, a judge on Wednesday removed Katherine Jackson as guardian of the singer's children temporarily and named her grandson Tito Joe "TJ" Jackson as temporary caretaker.

'Angry and hurt'

The judge issued the ruling because Katherine Jackson was in Arizona and hadn't spoken with the children in several days. TJ Jackson now has the ability to control the home where the children live and to take on other supervision duties.

"I am devastated that while I've been away, that my children, my grandchildren, have been taken away from me, and I'm coming home to see about that, also," Katherine Jackson in a statement.

She denied the suggestion made in court and in court filings to support TJ Jackson's appointment that she was being held against her will by other relatives.

But on Thursday, Michael Jackson's son Prince posted a photo of what he said was a group text message involving her children Rebbie and Janet in which he demanded contact with his grandmother and Janet allegedly responded: "Please don't let them."

"As long as I can remember my dad repeatedly warned me of certain people and their ways," Prince Michael tweeted. "Although I am happy my grandma was returned, after speaking with her I realise how misguided and how badly she was lied to. I 'm really angry and hurt."

Speaking in code

The judge said there was no evidence that Katherine Jackson had done anything wrong, but instead it appeared she was being prevented from fulfilling her role as guardian through the "intentional acts of third parties". He didn't elaborate.

The judge cited a Monday incident in which Janet, Randy and Jermaine Jackson arrived at the children's home and told them they could speak with their grandmother but had to leave with them.

The judge ruled the Jackson children could not leave California without court approval.

Jermaine Jackson has said his mother was following doctor's orders to cut off communications with the children, who range in age from 10 to 15. He didn't provide further details.

The judge made the ruling after hearing TJ Jackson's description of a "strange" conversation he had with Katherine Jackson on Tuesday.

"I've never heard my grandmother talk like that," he said reluctantly. "In every way. The sound in her voice. The pauses." He said some of her speech sounded slurred, and she used words that made him wonder if she was speaking in code.

Her son Marlon echoed those concerns on Twitter, saying siblings Janet, Randy and Jermaine were keeping her from him.

The children's guardian ad litem, Margaret Lodise, said she spoke with the children and the two oldest, Prince and Paris, supported the appointment of a temporary guardian. Lodise did not ask the youngest son, 10-year-old Blanket.

Lodise is responsible for overseeing the children's interests in the estate of their father.