'My dad warned me about these people': Prince Jackson posts text exchange with aunt Janet as proof she blocked contact with grandmother Katherine Jackson, 82, apparently back home in California after nine-day stay at Tucson, Arizona resortConcerned grandchildren said they hadn't heard from her in over a weekCousin TJ Jackson appointed temporary caretaker
Katherine claims court hearing was 'based on a bunch of lies' and she is 'devastated' to lose custodyMatriarch gives interview with Janet, Jermaine and Rebbie stood around her in bizarre show of family unity
Katherine's lawyer will file motion to reinstated her as guardian
Drama unfolding amid family's battle over late singer's willMichael's mother and three children are sole beneficiaries to his estate
21:22 GMT, 26 July 2012
Michael Jackson's son Prince has taken
to Twitter accusing family members of
refusing him access to his grandmother Katherine Jackson during the
matriarch's days-long absence from their California home.
The 15-year-old posted a photo of what
he said was a group text message involving his aunts Rebbie and Janet
Jackson, in which he demanded contact with his grandmother and Janet
allegedly responded: 'Please don't let them.'
The screen grab, which has since been deleted from his account, showed the conversation
occurred on Monday afternoon, two days before a judge temporarily
revoked Katherine Jackson's guardianship after she was prevented from
fulfilling her role through the 'intentional acts of third parties'.
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United: Prince Jackson, left, with siblings Paris and Blanket, pictured on January 26, tweeted a screen grab of a heated text exchange between himself and several family members
In a lengthier post which has also been deleted, Prince Jackson explained: 'As long as I can remember my dad had repeatedly warned me of certain people and their ways. Although I am happy my grandma was returned, after speaking with her I realized how misguided and how badly she was lied to. I’m really angry and hurt.
He continues: 'The following image is of a group chat I had started to several family members. This group text message I had started was replied to but they didn’t know that I could see the responses. For this whole time, they denied us contact to our grandmother,' he writes, adding, '”If you continue with your lies I will continue with the truth”'.
Explosive: Prince claims his aunt, Janet Jackson, requested he not be allowed to speak with Katherine
Prince's message followed shortly
after his sister, 14-year-old Paris, took to the micro-blogging website
confirming Mrs Jackson, 82, had returned home.
The teenager, following a series of
concerned tweets about her grandmother's well-being, wrote early
Thursday morning: 'grandma's here ! #thankyougod <33'.
Katherine Jackson's son Marlon also posted a note on Twitter saying his mother had returned, adding she looked and sound great.
The messages came a day after a judge removed Katherine
as guardian of her son Michael Jackson's three minor children, Prince,
Paris and Blanket, ten, and temporarily and named her grandson Tito Joe 'TJ' Jackson as
temporary caretaker amid a bitter family dispute over the late legend's estate.
Emotional: Katherine Jackson read a statement to ABC as she claimed she was 'devastated' to lose custody and said she had been on a 'short vacation' in a segment that aired last night
Bizarre: Katherine was surrounded by family in a show of unity, with Janet, Jermaine, Rebbie and Rebbie's daughter joining her, along with the marketing manager for the Tuscon resort where she has been staying
Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff
issued the ruling because she was in Arizona and hadn't spoken with the
children in several days. TJ Jackson now has the ability to control the
hilltop home where the children live and to take on other supervision
Katherine Jackson told ABC News that the court ruling was 'based on a bunch of lies.'
am devastated that while I've been away, that my children, my
grandchildren, have been taken away from me, and I'm coming home to see
about that, also,' she said reading from a prepared statement Wednesday night.
denied the suggestion made in court and in court filings to support TJ
Jackson's appointment that she was being held against her will.
Relieved: Paris Jackson tweeted early Thursday morning Katherine Jackson had returned home to California
Angry: Paris tweeted two hours prior a concerned message after she had yet to make contact with Katherine
'I am here today to let everybody
know that I am fine and I am here with my children, and my children
would never do a thing to me like that, holding me against my will,' she
said while her children Randy, Janet and Rebbie were seated next to
her, along with the marketing manager for the Tucson resort where she
was said to have been staying. 'It's very stupid for people to think
New guardian: The children's cousin TJ Jackson, pictured in October 2011, has been awarded temporary custody
Her statement was compounded by
reports she had full access to a working phone during her stay at the
Miraval Resort in Tucson, where her children said she was resting.
While Mrs Jackson's lawyer initially said the matirarch was told 'the section of the facility she stayed at didn't allow phones of any kind. Or computers,' a representative for the resort told TMZ today the villa in which Mrs Jackson was staying had fully operable phones.
Judge Beckloff meanwhile said there was no evidence that Katherine Jackson had done anything
wrong but instead it appeared she was being prevented from fulfilling
her role as guardian through the 'intentional acts of third parties.' He
didn't elaborate but made the decision after reading court filings in
which TJ Jackson expressed concern that Katherine Jackson was being
prevented from returning.
He cited a Monday incident in which
Janet, Randy and Jermaine Jackson arrived at the children's home and
told them they could speak with their grandmother but had to leave with
'This was odd and disturbing to me and
(the children) and heightened our concern that our grandmother was
being prohibited from returning home,' TJ Jackson wrote in a sworn
statement. The incident turned into a confrontation between two male
adults at the house and sheriff's officials say it remains an ongoing
Ducking in: Joe Jackson was seen at a California home owned by the Jackson estate on Wednesday
listened as attorneys described Katherine Jackson's demeanour as unusual
on phone calls placed to the children hours before the hearing.
Jackson's attorney Charles Shultz also revealed in court filings that
the children were forced to miss school Wednesday because of concerns
about their security.
Beckloff ruled the Jackson children could not leave California without court approval.
Katherine Jackson's attorney Perry
Sanders Jr said after the hearing that he spoke with his client as she
was driving back to Los Angeles from Tucson, Arizona, where she had been
since July 15.
'She sounded absolutely fine, lucid and her normal self,' he said.
Sanders plans to ask the court to
reinstate Katherine Jackson as guardian of the children when she is back
in Los Angeles. He was looking forward to meeting with her in person on
Concerned: Katherine Jackson's son Marlon gave a tearful interview on The Insider on Tuesday, and claimed he had been cut-off from contacting his mother
Update: Michael Jackson's brother, Marlon Jackson, also confirmed Katherine had returned home early this morning
The public battle was revealed early
Sunday after a relative reported Katherine Jackson missing, but she was
later located safely with other family members in Arizona.
Jermaine Jackson has said his mother
was following doctor's orders to cut off communications with the
children. He didn't provide further
In addition to concerns about the
safety of Jackson's children, some of Michael Jackson's siblings have
recently called on the executors of his estate to resign.
Legend: Michael Jackson, pictured in March, 2005, left a $1billion legacy to his children following his 2009 death, according to reports
Randy Jackson gave a telephone interview Tuesday on Al
Sharpton's MSNBC show PoliticsNation and said he believes his brother's
will is a fake and that the executors have engaged in criminal activity.
estate, which recently reported it saw $475 million in gross earnings
since Jackson's death in June 2009, has denied wrongdoing and called the
accusations 'false and defamatory.'
who also oversees financial issues affecting Jackson's estate, was
initially reluctant to appoint a temporary guardian but changed his mind
after hearing from several attorneys who expressed concern about the
the ruling after hearing TJ Jackson's description of a 'strange'
conversation he had with Katherine Jackson on Tuesday evening.
'I've never heard my grandmother talk like that,' he said reluctantly. 'In every way. The sound in her voice. The pauses.'
He said some of her speech sounded slurred and she used words that made him wonder if she was speaking in code.
Her son Marlon echoed those concerns on Twitter, complaining that siblings Janet, Randy and Jermaine were keeping her from him.
The children's guardian ad litem,
Margaret Lodise, said she spoke with the children and the two oldest,
Prince and Paris, supported the appointment of a temporary guardian.
Lodise did not ask the youngest son, 10-year-old Blanket, for his views.
Extraordinary scenes: Surveillance footage appears to show Janet Jackson attempting to take Paris' cell phone after storming the family home in a dispute said to have arisen over Michael Jackson's will on Monday
'Ambush': Siblings Janet, Jermaine and Randy entered the property after following an SUV containing the Jackson children through the gates of the family compound
Lodise is responsible for overseeing the children's interests in the estate of their father.
Schultz said TJ Jackson didn't want to replace Katherine Jackson as permanent guardian. Still, the judge noted that TJ Jackson would have to petition to become the permanent guardian within 48 hours and added that such a petition might not be heard if Katherine Jackson re-emerges.
Sanders said he would fight any move to have her permanently replaced.
He said he met with Randy and Janet Jackson in Tucson, Arizona, on Tuesday, but he was not allowed to see his client. He said he still hoped the recent events were a misunderstanding, but he described them as 'chaos.'
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