Belfast Telegraph

Katherine Jackson 'doing well'

Katherine Jackson's attorney says he has met with his client for the first time in several days and that she was doing fine despite familial squabbling that forced a judge to temporarily suspend her as guardian of her son Michael's three children.

"I had a long and productive meeting today with Mrs Jackson," Perry Sanders Jr wrote in a statement. "I am pleased to report that she is fine and she laughed at the widely publicised report that she had suffered a stroke."

The description of Mrs Jackson suffering a stroke was included in a letter signed by five of her children calling on executors of Michael Jackson's estate to step down. The letter was leaked last week.

Since Saturday when a relative reported Mrs Jackson missing, speculation has swirled about her whereabouts, her health and why she hadn't called her grandchildren for nearly 10 days. Rival factions in the family released duelling statements on Twitter and family members tussled in the driveway of her home in an incident that remains under investigation.

Sanders said he would be releasing a formal statement on Friday morning about his discussions with Mrs Jackson. He has previously said he will move to re-instate her as guardian over the late King of Pop's children, Prince, Paris, and Blanket.

On Wednesday a judge granted Tito Jackson's son TJ temporary guardianship over the children, citing concerns that Mrs Jackson was being prevented from fulfilling her role as guardian. Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff said there were no indications the 82-year-old had done anything wrong, and he would likely re-instate her upon her return.

Mrs Jackson had been at a Tucson, Arizona spa since July 15 with her daughter Rebbie and other relatives and had not spoken to her grandchildren during that time. TJ Jackson and numerous others said that was unusual and when she did call, he said she sounded "strange".


From Belfast Telegraph