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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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I hope TJ gets them... He was close to Michael and I believe he has the kids' best interest at heart.

786 days ago


I think that this is just one more scheme to get more of MJ money. That all of his siblings wants.. Since the siblings was cut out of the WILL

785 days ago


TJ's conversation with Katherine appears to reflect she has had a minor stroke OR heavily medicated in my opinion only.
Perry Sanders has not spoken to Katherine so to say he will fight to reinstate her guardianship is foolish. The estate is paying Sanders legal fees accumulated by Katherine in her AEG lawsuit, so my assumption is he is fighting for his own personal gain.
TJ Jackson is not allowed to spend MJ3's allowance for himself. By probate law he is required to provide the court an accounting of how their money is spent exactly !!!
Someone else, outside the Jackson family should have been appointed temporary guardian of MJ3 because TJ awarded guardianship will put him and his own family in the middle of the Jackson war. He does not need the additional presure he will be enduring.

785 days ago


Let the children live their lives. They are not like a ball to pass from one to the other.
Let they be so.

785 days ago


just as Nathan implied I'm startled that someone can get paid $9713 in a few weeks on the computer. did you see this web link

785 days ago


785 days ago


Good for TJ to take responsibility and step-up for temporary guardianship until Katherine Jackson gets back in town. He took one for the team so guardianship wouldn't be given to another person or the executors. I feel for Jackson family especially MJ3 and hope things get resolved quickly and the truth be revealed concerning MJ's will.

785 days ago


Damned indecision and Cursed strife...
Oye. My heart is broken for Michael for the enth time with this latest brue. Let me name this tune in 4 notes:
1. Family that PREYS together: I tend to agree that this whole fiasco was a game plan based on Katherine's health. It reads too much like a Hallmark Movie of the week,imo. Slurred speech is a well-known symptom of a mini-stroke so I do believe that's what happened to her. On the other hand, we have no proof that is what really happened. We only have TJ's word that her speech was slurred on a phone call, and the fact that other siblings took her away to a rest facility after a "doctor"--Dr. Metzger visited her and advised she get rest.
Metzger is a key to this drama--his character is as questionable as the day is long. He once acted as Michael's doctor back in the day, but he was also JANET's doctor for quite some time...coincidence?

2. Seen and not heard: Someone pointed out, the plan to keep Katherine's condition from PPB was so that they wouldn't leak the info to the rest of the world. That being said, my suspicious mind won't let me leave it at that. As I stated on another story, I smell a HUGE rat! You have to remember that Katherine's PRIMARY interest has always been HER own children--the needs and wants of the overall family will always come first for her, regardless of any individual family member...including Michael.
My money is on the fact that several family members (read Jermy and Randy) were determined to undermine the Executors and get a share of the Estate. One way to do that is to take over Katherine's control. Of course the MJFT has a clear outline of what Katherine receives, but any lawyer worth his salt will tell you there's always a loophole somewhere. Jermy and Randy weren't content with how Katherine was following the Estate's line--which she was originally against but later gave in claiming her hands were tied--so they decided it was their turn to do battle.
Suffice it to say, while I believe Katherine may not be in perfect health, I don't think she had a stroke. I think the whole thing was a ruse in the Jackson's bid to regain control of the Estate. Unfortunately for them, Paris was the fly in their ointment because she couldn't stay away from her Twitter button....
I have my opinions on that as well, but this forum is not the time or place, imo. Just read some of these DERANGED get it...
Think about it. The idea to whisk Katherine away, making her appear to have disappeared, lost her mind, or be held against her wishes is an easy way for the Jacksons to regain control of the children...

3. TJ in charge: Let's discuss this shall we? Not sure if I fully trust the whole TJ thing.
First, would I throw my own GRANDMOTHER under the bus in front of a Judge? God forbid.
Would I suggest that I am the best guardian for these children based on the fact that I have babysitted them in the past? Nope.
Would I further, allow my Attorney to state that I plan to gain PERMANENT guardianship of my niece and nephews, thereby cutting off mny own Grandmother? Absolutely not! I wouldn't do that to ANY family member unless I knew ALL of the facts--which he claimed he didn't other than what he heard on the phone call...
Having said this, I assure you I'm not overlooking the welfare of PPB. After all, Paris and Prince are both of an age to take care of themselves. Blanket is the only one who really was abandoned in this sitch. Remember folks, the Jackson compound is FULLY staffed, not to mention the children have their own Lawyer. The problem wasn't that Paris and the others couldn't take care of themselves, the problem was they were CONCERNED FOR THEIR GRANDMOTHER having not heard from her for days on end!
Now people came down on Paris for her Tweets about what someone did to her Grandma, but what would YOU say if you thought someone took YOUR loved one? Would YOUR statement be considerate or friendly? People need to realize, she wasn't addressing them, she was addressing whoever the CULPRITS were. In this case, they just HAPPENED to be members of her own family which is why she later pulled the Tweets. Again, we have to remember that she and her brothers are not on the sidelines speculating as we are, they are in the eye of the storm, and the outcome will affect their lives so no, I do NOT think she was out of line, the plan to remove her Guardian from the home without telling her and her siblings anything over a period of time--THAT was out of line...WAY OUT....
And regarding the Twitter sitch, let me say that Kids everywhere are hooked on it and any other kind of Social Media. You can bet all of Paris' schoolmates thrive on it. This was what I was worried about with Katherine allowing PPB to go to Private School. She had NO idea what she was dealing with and even criticized the fact that Michael home-schooled the children and covered their faces in public. I bet she understands why he did that now. The children needed to be given boundaries and made to understand that they were born into a lifestyle much like the Royals, that prevents them from having the freedom to do whatever they please because every time they so much as SPIT, it will be news. Twitter is something that Michael would NEVER have permitted them to do for obvious reasons and now the Jacksons are suddenly realizing why too little, too late.
4. TJ to the rescue? I am wary of his intentions as I stated. And the fact that Tito jumped ship from the Anti-Estate J5 the MINUTE TJ was in line for Guardian makes me even more suspicious. Besides, he's enjoying his 15 minutes a bit too much for my taste. And further, if I remember correctly, it was TAJ who was in line for assisting with the Children. Katherine even had him as the one who would sit in the "family seat" at MJFT meetings...wonder what happened with that--and why we haven't heard anything from him?

5. Diana Ross for Boss: I'd be fine with Diana in charge of PPB. Of course she hasn't had any interaction with them so it could be a bit rough going, but she has a strong track record with raising great children. And Michael listed her as next in line, NOT TJ. I join the comments that question why Beckloff dangled the carrot of having her take over, then grabbed it right back and turned it over to the overanxious TJ. Something is off there. It's crazy for a Judge to simply hear an involved party state their OPINION of what soemone SOUNDED LIKE over the phone, then make a decision without checking on his facts...UNBELIEVABLE....

6. Miss Nasty if you're Jackson: What to say about Janet...hmmm...boggles the mind. Don't get me wrong, I'm not one of these people who are in shock that she's part of this craziness, I'm just surprised that she dropped her cover as being the "Down-to-Earth" Jackson. Janet is NO saint, folks. I've loved her work in the past, but knew this about her long ago based on some of the things she said against her own family members in her quest to build her own Brand. Yes, Janet has her own money, but is that ALL she wants? Her career has NEVER netted the level of money and fame that Michael's has. Her last Tour was successful, but moderate compared to Michael's "Immortal Tour", and he wasn't even in it. Her last CD was released and barely got any play and with the standards of living Janet is accustomed to, I doubt that her CD and Tour--which appeared to be fairly expensive--netted the profits she had hoped it would....especially after how many times she dropped Michael's name in interviews, released a book all based on Michael teasing her about how big her rear was during Childhood...something many people are paying TOP DOLLAR for....
And one thing you'll notice about Janet, no matter how CRAZY Randy gets, she supports him. They've always been very close. I think she may even realize he and Jermy are wrong for what they're doing, but she more likely resents the fact that the family essentially has to get permission from the Estate to even use Michael's name...hard to get happy with that one...and after all, this may be a way to finally get him off the family dime...even if it does mean he sucks the Estate dry....
The mistake Janet made was in thinking she could whisk into the Children's lives after being M.I.A. since practically the days after Michael's death. And yes, I probably DON'T know she didn't see them for a fact, but it fits her track record, and the fact that whenever she or any of the family members ever deigned to visit PPB, the Tabloids would somehow find out and splash the news all over their front pages...
Anyone who knows business knows that Michael's Estate is in line to be one of the biggest Music Conglomerates in the World so it's not hard to figure out Janet's motives in this....
And finally, here's the kicker:
Note that none of the Jacksons are balking against TJ being Guardian....crickets...that may be the most incriminating evidence of a master plot of all. I just hope to God I'm wrong. My bottom line concern is for PPB and I want to see them in a stable, loving environment where celebrity and innuendo is kept to a minimum. If I could only convince my inner voice....Oye, indeed....
.......No simmering, just...sad.......
Missing Michael PPBEOS.

785 days ago


Ok so Randy and Jermaine both had babies to the same woman, then petitioned the estate to help pay their child support. Meanwhile back at the ranch, Katherine just did herself in standing up for her kids. Her only hope of regaining guardianship was to say Oh heck yeah I was kidnapped! She blew it. They are money grubbing liars. Never hear about Tito, Jackie or Marlon begging for money. I am surprised at Janet though, what's her beef? Not making much off of Nutrisystem Janet? My big question is: Where's my favorite nutjob LaToya?? We need us some Latoya!

785 days ago


What Judge of sound -mind would put PPB
back in that extremely dysfunctional situation
Katherine is 82 year old and obviously easily
manipulated by her children that have their own
agenda.They are undermining everything that
Michael wanted for Kids
I hope the Judge considers a NON-FAMILY
Rest In Peace Beloved MJ

785 days ago

joe gillis    

any way we can blame this on tito or maybe conrad murray ? or maybe it even joe bashing mj as a kid ?

785 days ago


I hope he keeps those kids because she apparently didnt care if she turned her phone off what if something happened she would hear about it through the media disgrace

785 days ago


Anyone else concerned for Blanket's mental health?

785 days ago


The kids could also emancipate themselves from the family. There is also that option for Prince and Paris especially.

785 days ago

Mike J    

I understand this dynamic. Janet does not need the money. We have often seen a parent pass away and grandparent take over. The grandparent becomes so overwhelmed that the g'parents children say enough. Janet is concerned about her mother trying to raise these spoiled brats alone. I that is why Katherine went to a spa without letting them know...These are spoiled kids and overwhelming for grandma!

785 days ago
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