Belfast Telegraph

Executors 'harming Jackson family'

Janet, Randy and Rebbie Jackson have said the executors of Michael Jackson's will were causing harm by damaging "fundamental family relationships".

They said the executors are isolating matriarch Katherine Jackson "from anyone questioning the validity of Michael's will".

The Jackson siblings released a statement through a lawyer amid a fight over their brother's will with the executors of his estate. Michael Jackson died in 2009 aged 50.

On Thursday a judge named TJ Jackson, a cousin to Michael Jackson's three children, as co-guardian with Katherine Jackson, 82, who was named their sole caretaker in the disputed will.

Janet, Randy and Rebbie Jackson accuse the executors of a "relentless" negative media campaign. They say they plan to maintain their challenge and insist they are not motivated by money.

Janet, Randy and Rebbie Jackson say they have been barred from visiting their mother or Jackson's children.

"The effect of that notice not only is to damage fundamental family relationships, it is also to isolate Katherine Jackson from anyone questioning the validity of Michael's will," reads the statement by Janet Jackson's lawyer, Blair Brown, released on behalf of the three Jacksons.

They say they will continue to contest Michael Jackson's will because "the executors have never explained how Michael could have signed his will in California on a date that irrefutable evidence establishes that he was in New York".

Representatives for executors John Branca and John McClain released a statement some weeks ago saying: "Any doubts about the validity of Michael's will and his selection of executors were thoroughly and completely debunked two years ago when a challenge was rejected by the Los Angeles County Superior Court, the California Court of Appeals and, finally, the California Supreme Court."

Janet, Randy and Rebbie Jackson say "they stand nothing to gain financially by a finding that the will is invalid".

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