"I wasn"t kidnapped – I needed a break": Katherine Jackson FINALLY breaks her silence after losing custody of Michael"s children

'I wasn't kidnapped – I needed a rest': Katherine Jackson FINALLY breaks her silence after losing custody of Michael's children
Katherine claims court hearing was 'based on a bunch of lies' and says she is 'devastated' to lose custodySources claims Randy and co. have Katherine 'drugged up'Matriarch 'fires her security detail – demands Janet's team takes over'
TJ tearful in court as he describes strange phone call with KatherineHe claimed in court papers that Katherine let him help take care of the children
Judge awards him temporary guardianship of Prince, Paris and BlanketHe will now have access to $500m estate to care for his cousinsKatherine's lawyer will file motion to reinstated her as guardian upon return

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02:50 GMT, 26 July 2012

Katherine Jackson has FINALLY broken her silence after 'deserting' her grandchildren for ten days – to claim she 'wasn't kidnapped' and 'just needed a rest'.

Following days of escalating tensions amongst her feuding family Katherine was interviewed by ABC news this evening, claiming: 'There are rumours going around about me that I have been kidnapped… I am here today to let everybody to know that I am good and fine.

'My children would never do anything to me like that.'

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TJ's in, Katherine's out: Katherine Jackson has had her guardianship of her three grandchildren suspended while their cousin TJ has been awarded temporary custody

TJ's in, Katherine's out: Katherine Jackson has had her guardianship of her three grandchildren suspended while their cousin TJ has been awarded temporary custody

TJ's in, Katherine's out: Katherine Jackson has had her guardianship of her three grandchildren suspended while their cousin TJ has been awarded temporary custody

Earlier today the Jackson family
matriarch lost custody of her late son Michael's three children after a judge
awarded temporary guardianship of the trio to their cousin TJ.

Prince,
15, Paris, 14, and Blanket, 10 will be cared for by their 34-year-old cousin.

Katherine said: 'I am devastated that while I've been away, my grandchildren have been taken away from me and I'm coming home.'

And she claimed the move was 'based on a bunch of lies.'

But she failed to explain why she hadn't notified her three wards of her intention to take a 'short vacation and rest'.

'One reason I didn't call is I just gave up my phone and I didn't want to have any phone calls while I was here,' she said.

Before the judge: An artist's impression of TJ's court hearing

Before the judge: An artist's impression of TJ's court hearing

It emerged tonight that TJ had claimed he had previously assisted his grandmother with caring for his cousins.

In court papers seen by website TMZ he claims that before Katherine left the house she had placed her grandchildren in his care.

And in a new twist TJ also alleged
that his aunts and uncles arranged for a 'fake' doctor to convince his
grandmother to abandon plans to attend a concert, instead going to a
luxury spa to rest.

With a worried Paris tweeting that
her grandmother was 'missing' the 'vacation' led to concerns that
Katherine had been kidnapped by her children, with her lawyers stating
that this was the case.

Police stepped in and performed a
welfare visit, with the 82-year-old found to be in good spirits at her
daughter Rebbie's house in Arizona.

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Official: The court document showing TJ has been appointed as temporary guardian of the late Michael Jackson's three children

Official: The court document showing TJ has been appointed as temporary guardian of the late Michael Jackson's three children

With a worried Paris tweeting that
her grandmother was 'missing' the 'vacation' led to concerns that
Katherine had been kidnapped by her children, with her lawyers stating
that this was the case.

Police stepped in and performed a
welfare visit, with the 82-year-old found to be in good spirits at her
daughter Rebbie's house in Arizona.

But she still failed to contact her
young wards, with her son Jermaine admitting he had cut off her access
to phones for her own 'well being'.

She then visited a spa where she again had no access to a phone.

The latest feud between the Jacksons is said to have been stemmed from a dispute over Michael Jackson's $500million will.

Jackson died in June 2009 at age 50
and left his estate to care for his mother and three children. He left
nothing to his father or siblings, who have repeatedly tried to
intervene in the estate.

Several have expressed doubts about the validity of his will.

Katherine is believed to be returning home to Los Angeles
tonight after 10 days away in Arizona – and amid claims the Jackson
matriarch called her home in Calabasas twice in the early hours of this
morning sounding 'drugged up'.

Members
of her house are said to have been 'alarmed and nervous' after
Katherine's call – with sources telling the website the 'prevailing view
is that Randy and company have drugged their mom'.

TJ, the son of Michael's brother Tito, will now get access to funds from the $500m estate in order to care for the children, who are said to be in favour of him being their temporary guardian.

WHO IS TJ JACKSONTJ, full name Tito Joe Jackson, is the youngest son of Toriano Adaryll 'Tito' Jackson (Michael Jackson's brother).
He has two other siblings, Toriano Adaryll Jackson II and Taryll Adren Jackson, who compose the musical R&B group 3T.
TJ is the cousin of Prince, Paris and Blanket and the nephew of the late King Of Pop.
The
singer has a wife called Frances who he married in 2007. The are
believed to have three children together, Royal born in 2000, Dee Dee
born 2008 and Jordanie born 2011
He
was reality star Kim Kardashian's first love. 'We became extra close
when my mom passed away,' TJ told People magazine in 1995. 'She dropped
everything to be with me.'
TJ
endured tragedy in 1994 when his mother Delores was found dead in the
swimming pool of her boyfriend, Los Angeles businessman Donald L. Bohana
– six years after her split from TJ's father.
Bohana
was later found guilty of second-degree murder and sentenced to 15
years in prison. She died from 'asphyxia due to drowning, alcohol intake
and blunt force traumatic injuries'.

He became tearful in court as he told Judge Mitchell Beckloff how he had a strange phone conversation with Katherine last night, who is holed up at an Arizona spa.

'I've never heard my grandmother talk like that,' said TJ, who once dated Kim Kardashian.

Saying he thought she was talking in code, he went on: 'She wasn't sharp. The pauses, choice of vocabulary… she has not used certain phrases like that before.'

Confused: Prince, Paris and Blanket Jackson have been pining for their grandmother over recent days

Confused: Prince, Paris and Blanket Jackson have been pining for their grandmother over recent days

Tough talk: Katherine lawyer, Perry Sanders, gives a press conference after the hearing and said he will file a motion to get her reinstated as guardian upon her return to LA

Tough talk: Katherine lawyer, Perry Sanders, gives a press conference after the hearing and said he will file a motion to get her reinstated as guardian upon her return to LA

RANDY LASHES OUT AT TJ OVER GUARDIANSHIP HEARING

Randy
Jackson has hit out at his nephew for taking guardianship of Michael Jackson's
children from his mother.

He took to
his twitter page today to reveal that 82-year-old Katherine – who it has been
claimed is being held against her will in Arizona – told her grandson TJ she
was coming home today and pleaded with him not to take the matter to
court.

In a series
of tweets, Randy wrote: 'I only tweet when its serious.

'Let
me be very clear about the FACTS, the absolute TRUTH…

'I was
on the phone at 9pm in Los Angeles, with my sister Rebbie, when my mother FIRED
Trent and Security#

'My
mom told TJ that she was coming home tomorrow (which is today).

'He
asked for temporary guardianship & she said -“NO its not necessary,
I'll be home tomorrow.” He asked again, and she said “NO TJ

'I
heard the conversation.

'His
performance in court today breaks my heart. He knows his Aunts and Uncles would
never hold their mother against her will. That's ABSURD.

'He
insisted upon knowing what time she was arriving today & now I know why.

'Furthermore,
if she is being held against her will – as he inferred in court – what
does taking over guardianship have to do with with my mother's well-being when
the children were already in his care

'Trust
me – the Executors are behind this. The “powers that be” use tabloid
media to spin their lies and divide our family.

'Enough
already!! We've already lost one family member (sic).'

It has now been reported, though,
that Katherine wants TJ to be kept 'off her property'. On Monday he
thwarted Randy, Janet and Jermaine's attempts to bring the three
grandchildren to Arizona.

Judge Beckloff said that his understanding was that TJ's application was not a 'power play', according to TMZ.

While members of the Jackson clan
are feuding over Michael's estate TJ is not one of them.

Earlier this week TJ's father Tito
withdrew from the plot – involving Randy, Janet, Jermaine and Rebbie –
to overthrow the executors of their brother's will, which leaves everything
to his children and nothing to them.

Meanwhile, Randy has lashed out at TJ for going before a judge to get the temporary guardianship order – insisting Katherine told him in a phone call last night it was 'not necessary' (see box, right for more).

Judge Beckloff said Katherine's
guardianship was not suspended for wrongdoing – but argued she has been prevented from doing her duties by 'intentional acts from third parties' –
an apparent reference to Randy, Janet, Jermaine and Rebbie.

TJ's attorney, Charles A. Schultz described the situation as dire during today's court.

He said: 'There's immediate harm to the minor children, there was a potential abduction at the house, in addition to a phone call from Katherine last night that gave us real concern.

Schultz went on: 'We are looking at this as a Band-Aid until Miss Jackson returns or re-establishes contact with the kids.'

One of Katherine's lawyers, Sandra Ribera, added: 'I have reason to believe she's being held against her will.'

Another of Katherine's lawyers, Perry
Sanders, said he will file a motion to get her re-instated as guardian
upon her return to LA.

The judge also ordered that Prince,
Paris and Blanket should not be removed from California without a court
order – and urged TJ to file for permanent guardianship.

Meanwhile Joe Jackson – who usually resides in Las Vegas – has now arrived in LA.

The 83-year-old father of Michael, who is estranged from wife Katherine, arrived at the Calabasas compound this afternoon in a black Mercedes before going inside.

Speaking out: Her son Randy Jackson made the revelation today during a phone interview with Good Morning America

Speaking out: Her son Randy Jackson made the revelation today during a phone interview with Good Morning America

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Lashing out: Randy took to Twitter after TJ's court hearing, hitting out at him for going to a judge to get temporary custody of Michael's children (click expand to see all tweets)

Lashing out: Randy took to Twitter after TJ's court hearing, hitting out at him for going to a judge to get temporary custody of Michael's children (click expand to see all tweets)

Daily updates: Paris tweeted again today, including this picture of herself

Daily updates: Paris tweeted again today, including this picture of herself

Seeking solace: Paris quoted lyrics from her father Michael Jackson's 1993 Will You Be There today

Seeking solace: Paris quoted lyrics from her father Michael Jackson's 1993 Will You Be There today

Meanwhile, Randy took part in a phone interview with Good Morning America today, telling host Robin Roberts that Katherine will now fly home.

The 56-year-old – along with siblings Janet, Rebbie and Jermaine – is behind a plot to overthrow Michael's will and the executors of his $500m estate, John Branca and John McClain.

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Extraordinary scenes: Janet Jackson attempts to take Paris' cell phone from her after storming the family home in a dispute said to have arisen over Michael Jackson's will on Monday

Extraordinary scenes: Janet Jackson attempts to
take Paris' cell phone from her after storming the family home in a
dispute said to have arisen over Michael Jackson's will on Monday

Police swoop: Police were called to the Jackson family home in Calabasas, California

Police
swoop: Police were called to the Jackson family home in Calabasas,
California

Today Randy again insisted Katherine's
trip to Arizona was on doctor's orders – and denied money was the
motive in trying to take his mother out of the equation. Janet was
reported to be behind Katherine's trip, who stayed with daughter Rebbie
in Arizona before checking into a spa.

Randy reiterated his belief that Michael's will is fake, calling it a 'disgrace' to his family and a 'disgrace to this country'.

'My
mom is on her way back to Los Angeles,' he said, adding that she went
to Arizona 'to be somewhere she could be cut off from the outside
world'.

Drama: Jermaine, Janet and Randy were apparently barred from the Calabasas home by security after trying to take the three children away on a flight to visit Katherine in Arizona

Drama:
Jermaine, Janet and Randy were apparently barred from the Calabasas
home by security after trying to take the three children away
on a flight to visit Katherine in Arizona

He said she is now
in 'much better health' – but deflected questions from Roberts about
whether the grandchildren were aware of her trip.

The $500m fight: The Jackson family is at war over Michael's millions

The $500m fight: The Jackson family is at war over Michael's millions

Instead
he said: 'There are questions out there that have not been answered,'
– and asked directly if the row was about the money he insisted
emphatically: 'This is my brother and this is about righting a wrong'.

He
also denied his sister Janet slapped Paris and called her a 'spoiled
little b****' on Monday night during a family altercation at the
Calabasas compound, saying there was 'no slapping or calling names'.

Randy
explained how he, along with Janet and Jermaine, were 'denied access to
our own home' in reference to the drama, saying they went there in a
bid to help the three grandchildren make contact with Katherine.

RadarOnline
reports Katherine's attorney Perry Sanders flew to Tucson, Arizona,
last night to the spa where she is holed up with no telephone, computer
or television access.

Apparently he was not allowed to see her directly, but did get a
message to her that her absence had been very confusing for her
grandchildren.

It prompted her to finally speak with them last night, the website reports.

An insider revealed: 'He did talk to Jermaine and Janet Jackson who were also there.'

And in reference to Katharine's phone call, the source added: 'The conversation was extremely emotional, and Paris was just so
relieved to hear from her grandmother. She was very emotional on the
phone, and Katherine assured her that everything was going to be OK.'

We're all alright: Katherine is pictured smiling behind her eldest daughter Rebbie at her Arizona home on Sunday

We're all alright: Katherine is pictured smiling behind her eldest daughter Rebbie at her Arizona home on Sunday

THE $500m FIGHT FOR JACKO'S FORTUNE: THE FACTS

What's at stake:

A
recent financial summary showed that Michael Jackson's estate has
earned almost $500million in gross profits since his death, and many of
his major debts have either been resolved or are no longer delinquent.

Key players:

Katherine Jackson

Beneficiary
of Michael's Jackson's estate and legal guardian of his three children.
She was reported missing over the weekend but later found to be with
her daughter Rebbie and other relatives in Arizona.
Her
lawyer claims a plan has been in place for the last three years to
remove Katherine Jackson from her home and her beloved grandchildren.
Last reported whereabouts – an Arizona spa.

Prince Michael, Paris and Blanket

Michael
Jackon's three children are set to inherit his $500m estate when
Katherine dies. None of Jackson's eight siblings were named in will.
Jacko's kids are seeking contact with grandmother Katherine, who they
have not spoken to in nine days.
Targeted in an 'ambush' by uncles and aunt (Janet, Jermaine and Randy) last night.

Janet, Randy, Rebbie and Jermaine Jackson

Claim that the King of Pop's will was a fake and that the executors of his lucrative estate should step down.
Pressuring Katherine Jackson to seek permission from a judge to investigate the will's validity.
Letter
penned by siblings on July 17 claims Katherine was being manipulated by
the executors, John Branca and John McClain, her health had been
affected, and she suffered a mini-stroke.
Randy
and Jermaine had both previously asked their brother Michael's estate
to pay their child support, hinting at financial motives behind plot.
The request was denied.

Tito Jackson

He
also signed the July 17 letter but has today backed out of plot and
says he's renounced any intention to challenge validity of his brother's
will.

Marlon Jackson

Not
part of plot to challenge brother's will. Claims he has been cut off
from contacting Katherine and in an interview with The Insider today he
declared: 'I'm going to get to the bottom of this.'

On the fence

Michael Jackson's father Joe Jackson and remaining siblings La Toya and Jackie Jackson have not made their allegiances clear. Although sources say Jackie is 'furious' at his squabbling siblings

Tito Junior, son of Michael's brother Tito

Tito Jr, also known as TJ, has been awarded temporary custody of Michael, Paris and Blanket while Katherine is away. The 34-year-old is married and used to date Kim Kardashian

Trent Jackson, Joe Jackson's nephew

He
has sided with his young cousins Paris, Blanket and Prince Michael.
Involved in alleged physical altercation with Jermaine and Randy at
Calabasas compound last night.

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