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MJ KIDS

TJ NOW TEMP GUARDIAN

KATHERINE OUT

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

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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.

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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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61.

Sarah Adams    

Now the Judge is inviting Debbie Rowe to be part of the party. Great job Jackson siblings... couldn't get any better for the GREEDY Bunch! (sarcastic mode)

631 days ago
62.

cherokeesky34    

Ok, why would he " not hear the petition because Diana hasn't be informed........... then turn around a few minutes later and then give TJ guardianship. I musta missed something in those few minutes... What happened TMZ?

631 days ago
63.

Flying Blind    

Debbie Rowe can only come and get TWO KIDS.

631 days ago
64.

MsSuburbia    

Wha . . . what? Judge reversed himself already? Whoa. It was due to Katherine's attorney's statement.

631 days ago
65.

Hannah231    

Im so happy for Michael's children.

631 days ago
66.

GGG    

YESSSSSSSSSSS! He had guardianship! **** you Janet and your slimy brothers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

631 days ago
67.

adelle    

well that got reversed quickly...hopefully this was the right choice...its hard not to be skeptical a bit...

631 days ago
68.

congratulationsnariah    

OMG TJ IS TEMP GDN!!!

Thanks Judge!

Katherine is toast.. she should never have left town like this and scared the kids to death, no matter what!

Lord have mercy on TJ, the whole family and these children.. please protect them all and keep them all on the straight and narrow path of doing what's right.. IJN amen.

631 days ago
69.

amyb    

Debbie Rowe could likely end up with custody if she wanted it. It's very, very, very difficult to sever parental rights in California.

You cannot just sign a paper that gives away legal rights to your children. She may have signed something drafted by Michael Jackson's lawyers that agreed to not pursuing her parental rights, but actually taking away someone's parental rights is incredibly difficult and is done because of extreme abuse or transferring parental rights to another person (like a stepparent adoption).

631 days ago
70.

LizLucy56    

Good job! Let's hope T.J. is the real deal ... God knows the kids need it!

631 days ago
71.

LizLucy56    

This just keeps getting better and better!

631 days ago
72.

LizLucy56    

You've got to be kidding me ... Diana Ross? Surprised it wasn't Elizabeth Taylor!

631 days ago
73.

Dramazone    

Bingo! MJ's siblings are gonna give Katherine a nervous breakdown, this all their fault.

631 days ago
74.

Flying Blind    

Harvey will be like he's on Meth when TMZ Live starts.

631 days ago
75.

BB not bb    

How many kids are there in the Jacksons, seven? Are they really split on whose side they are on, or is it just an act to make some seem more trustworthy? They are getting the kids to think they want Tito Jr. as their guardian, but maybe he just seems to be on their side. If he is so good and powerful, why can't he rescue Katherine?


You have Kim K saying he is a good guy but she said the same thing about Kris H and the other guy who publicized a porn that she never meant to make. Her judgement in men is so shaky that I would say I would almost beleive the opposite of what she thought of her exes.


All it took was for Khloe to say that Kris is a good guy and then he accused her mother of directing porno film. What interest he has in these kids I am not sure. Someone can seem nice but still not be on your side.

631 days ago
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