When will this drama ever end? Now the L.A. judge has appointed an investigator to talk to Michael Jackson’s kids “on an unannounced basis” and report back to him about their welfare.
This is the response that the family wrought when they removed guardian Katherine Jackson from the children for about 10 days and didn’t allow them to talk to her.
Los Angeles Superior Court judge Mitchell Beckloff’s order came as a family attorney appointed a probate investigator to interview Prince Michael, 15, Paris, 14, and Blanket, 10, “on an unannounced basis” and report back to him about the children’s welfare which has come under scrutiny in recent days.
Beckloff made the order as a family attorney proposed that Katherine, 82, share guardianship of the children with her grandson T.J. Jackson, who was awarded temporary guardianship on Wednesday.
Katherine returned back to Los Angeles on Thursday after spending more than a week in Arizona with several of her children. She went on ABC on Thursday night to read a statement saying she had not been kidnapped and “it’s very stupid for people to think that.”
“My children would never do a thing to me like that, holding me against my will,” she said on television.
Katherine Jackson’s attorney said today that the new arrangement for the care of the children would be formally presented to Beckloff next week.
But while the matter of the children is still up in the air, Michael’s brother Randy stepped up his attacks on the executors of Michael’s estate, claiming they are trying to kill Katherine.
“The Estate is trying to isolate my Mother from her family JUST LIKE THEY DID TO MICHAEL, in order to propagate their lies, financial agendas and to protect a fraudulent will,” Randy Jackson tweeted on Friday.
“It is my fear and belief, that they are trying to take my mother’s life,” he added.
Randy has been so adamant because he says Michael was in New York with him at the exact time the estate claims that he signed the will.
The executors of the estate, entertainment lawyer John Branca and music executive John McClaine, have insisted the will is valid. They declined to comment on Randy Jackson’s latest claims.
Since Jackson’s death, the estate has approved numerous projects including a posthumous concert rehearsal film “This Is It”, and a Cirque du Soleil show. According to recent court documents, the estate has earned $475 million in gross profits since Jackson’s June 2009 death, and much of the singer’s estimated $500 million debt has been paid off.