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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 could be wrong, but I honestly don't think TJ is in it for the money. From what I've read, before she died, his mom sheltered them from the "Jackson" hysteria and wanted them to grow up as normal as possible. They were grown/almost grown when she passed, so hopefully more of her is in TJ than the greed of the Jacksons.

822 days ago

BB not bb    

Teenagers in a mansion with all kinds of hired aids and conservators around can take care of themselves for a week. It really is not an emergency situation. Kids that age sometimes even get married and start their own homes. This is about money in my opinion. If the kids need protection from being kidnapped, why is that a guardianship issue? Can Tito only rescue them if he is the guardian?

This really seems like a clever little set up to me. I woudln't say I believe his intentions are pure.

822 days ago

some guy    

Vultureing off your dead celebrity relative is hazardous to your mental health.

822 days ago


Sounds like Mrs Jackson did have a stroke, she's in no condition to be anyone's guardian and the issue is how the rest of the Jackson clan will pay the bills once guardianship of PP&B goes to someone else.

822 days ago


So, if she truly was "held against her will", does that mean the state, or even the feds (transporting her across state lines), make it into a criminal case, or is Katherine going to have to press charges?

And do we think Katherine will actually press charges, or even tell the authorities the truth, if she was truly kidnapped? Will she protect her kids from prosecution or will she tell the truth and allow the chips to fall where they should?

One things for sure, this family will never recover from this, in terms of how they view/trust each other, ever again. All over money - that's sad!

822 days ago

Wayne Merry    

As noted yesterday on your show .... where the Heck is Joe? Back when this all went down I thought at person in their 80's was note going to be a great parent!

822 days ago


Why doesn't anyone who is authorized go and see what's really up with Mrs. Jackson? The criminals may have drugged her up, hence the incoherence. Somebody please rescue her already! Also, why was Diana Ross not informed? Too weird. I see $$$$$$ in this TJ's eyes

822 days ago


thanks to the money gurbin Jackson family these kids will never have even a semi normal life....

822 days ago


Spa visit my butt. If she cannot handle being a guardian to those children then yes she should lose custody of them. I don't think she was kidnapped. She voluntered for this and went along with it. She chose to take off and not contact the children. Plus you know high blood pressure is treatable with medication and you don't have to cut yourself off from everyone when you have it. They are up to something and TJ going for temp custody is /has put an end to their little plot.

822 days ago


what goes on here - This is America's most dysfunctional.................. Hey People Leave Those Kids Alone

822 days ago


Why didnt she tell the kids where she was going to ? They were alone and insecure . Maybe grandma is too old to take care of the kids.

822 days ago


Let's all hope that Katherine's kids behind this plot- Randy, Jermaine and Janet & Reba ...

NEVER RECEIVE ANOTHER SO MUCH AS ONE SINGLE PENNY FROM THE PUBLIC EVER AGAIN FOR THEIR "ENTERTAINMENT" CAREERS. This was a horrible, self serving, idiotic plot that created nothing but trauma and distress for everyone involved. Their egos must be massive to think this childish, poorly planned abduction would not have ended up in anything but a total disaster.

822 days ago


TMZ -- You need to screen the comments better. There are very inappropriate comments being posted about a 14-year-old girl. That's just wrong and if not illegal, it should be.

822 days ago


I hope this settles it, and that those children can have some peace. Michael guarded them so carefully; I hate to see what has happened since he died.

822 days ago


EXCELLENT SHE WAS NEVER TRUSTWORTHY too concerned about her other children.

Conflict of interest.

Way to go Judge!!!

822 days ago
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