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7/25/2012 11:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Katherine Jackson has been temporarily stripped of her guardianship over Michael Jackson's 3 kids, and an L.A. judge just appointed Tito Jackson's son TJ to become the temporary guardian.

And there's more ... 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.

Before handing down the ruling, TJ's lawyer told the judge TJ got a strange phone call from Katherine yesterday.  TJ said, "I've never heard my grandmother talk like that."  TJ added, "She wasn't sharp.  The pauses, choice of vocabulary ... she has not used certain phrases like that before."  TJ thought she was talking in code.  TJ choked up as he addressed the court.

TMZ broke the story that TJ would make this move -- a move supported by Paris, Prince, and Blanket, as well as the Michael Jackson Estate.

The judge said Katherine was not suspended for wrongdoing, but that she was prevented from doing her guardianship by the third parties who are clearly Randy, Janet, Jermaine and Rebbie.

Katherine's lawyer, Sandra Ribera, added that she (Sandra) has been to the house several times recently and believes Katherine has been held against her will.

Katherine's lawyer, Perry Sanders, says he would vigorously oppose any move to permanently strip Katherine of her guardianship duties.

Perry also says ... when Katherine returns to L.A., he will  file a motion to reinstate her as guardian.



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The Court had to make this decision. The existing guardian abandoned her charges without reasonable explanation. If and when she appear before the Court and can explain why it all happened, the Court may cancel the temporary guardianship but I wouldn't count on it, especially when the kids are against it. I have to assume they are concerned about whether Katherine has their best interests at heart or whether she is more concerned with providing money to her own children.

784 days ago


It's like this family has been imploding even more than usual in the three years since Michael died!

784 days ago


Not that any of those other Jackson leeches have any talent, but this ought to make Janet's career take a nosedive. Even the breathy little girl talking won't be able to make her look like she wasn't involved in the plot with the other wackos.

784 days ago


This is just getting started. Katherine will lose custody of these kids and then what? Mama Jackson is not going to make it thru this chapter of this Soap Opera. If she's already had "mini" stroke, then all this is just going to set her up for something even worse. The kids need to be with someone younger, who doesn't have the health issues inherent with old age & who also will have the fortitude to stand against those who only want to harm the children. It's been reported that Michael allowed TJ in his children's lives when they were younger, so there's really no surprise that the kids feel close to him & vice versa. It's obvious that MJ was wacky but it also seems that he really tried his best to shelter these kids from the craziness of his family & that he also warned the children of what might happen. KJ should be taken care of since that was obviously the one person in that group that Michael truly loved but it should be up to ALL of her children and not just the MJ estate.

784 days ago

Wow ...    

Restraining orders should be put in place for the safety of those children and Katherine.

784 days ago


Who cares about this freak show family, their all money hungry, yeah I name my kid blanket.

784 days ago


I'm confused, and hoping someone can shed some light on this ..... If Katherine was held against her will, shouldn't charges be laid against the siblings who committed this act ? Kidnapping ? False Imprisonment ?

784 days ago


If Katherine IS on her way back, she sure ain't in no hurry! Janet, Randy & Germaine had a private plane (they said) to take the kids to see Grandma (wink, wink - nobody has seen Kathrine yet, and Katherine's attorney said he went there 3 times and was never allowed), but they can't seem to find a private jet for the Grandmother.
Strange, to say the least, since SHE's the one with all the money!

784 days ago


Good choice for everyone for now, and for making it permanently I think that would be the next step to come.

And for Katherine isn't their someone who is investigating fbi involved? So bizarre then just to leave Katherine hang like that..

784 days ago


I don't think Mrs. Jackson will be flying in today. If someone were trying to take my children, I'd be on the first available flight -- even if it was 5AM.

The ugliness if far from over among the brothers and sisters.

I hope that Mrs. Jackson supports TJ and doesn't contest his guardianship. This is all too much for her. The estate will still take care of her. She should relax and enjoy her grandchildren without the day-to-day responsibilities - which is what every grandmother in her 80s should do.

784 days ago


Something is very very wrong here with Katherine Jackson I believe. Ministroke or not the family knew that she was responsble for MJ's children. Why did she just up and leave those kids without telling them. Its time for Diana Ross or Debbie Rowe to step up to the plate and get these kids away from the Jackson Family.

784 days ago


I don't believe she was at the spa. Where is Joe Jackson in all this? Katherine will cover for her kids as I'm sure they are doing damage control right now.

784 days ago


Well, this certainly vindicates Paris's actions. She was quite right to go public over her lack of contact with her grandmother and the kids were quite right not to obediently get into the van with their unholy trio of uncles and aunt. And Paris was also quite right to keep Janet from grabbing her cell phone - not being a "brat" as some were assuming. Those kids knew it was a dangerous situation and acted properly to make sure it wouldn't happen quietly and behind closed doors.

784 days ago


Katherine Jackson does not have enough of a backbone to stand up to her rotten children and she is easily influenced and they probably guilt trip her 24/7 about how they have bills to pay, and children to take care of, and they probably run lines at her like "Your grandchildren are suffering right now, they don't have the food/clothing/etc that they need, we need your help" and Katherine is only human, and on top of that she is very timid and sort of meek. She wants to believe her children are pure of heart and she wants to help take care of them..I feel sorry for her because her rotten children probably guilt trip her and manipulate her. Despite my sympathies unless Katherine grows a backbone soon, I just don't think she's fit to stand up to those degenerates she calls her "kids".

784 days ago


I bet he will have his hand foll, Bet there three spoilded brats

784 days ago
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