TJ Jackson, the son of Tito Jackson, was appointed the temporary guardian of Michael Jackson’s children Paris, Prince Michael I and Prince Michael II, a.k.a. Blanket, Wednesday. The judge also suspended Katherine Jackson as the court-appointed guardian because she is in Arizona and hasn’t spoken to the children in several days.
The judge also ordered the children not to leave California. They are currently staying at the home they share with Katherine Jackson in Calabasas. He also ordered that Diana Ross, whom Michael Jackson named back up guardian, receive notice within 48 years. Debbie Rowe, the mother of Paris and Prince Michael I, must receive notice as well. Rowe is not named in the will.
TJ Jackson said he was only seeking temporary guardianship and wasn’t trying to replace his grandmother permanently. He also said when he spoke with her Tuesday that her speech sounded slurred and she was using words he’s never heard her use.
Judge Mitchell Beckloff said that Katherine Jackson wasn’t being suspended for any wrongdoing on her part, but that she was being prevented from performing her guardianship duties by “intentional act from third parties.”
The judge’s decision comes in the wake of an intense battle within the Jackson family, and just days after Katherine Jackson was reported missing by a relative.
Paris Jackson seems to be fed up with everything that is going on, tweeting a lyric from her father’s song “Will You Be There,”
The executors of Michael Jackson’s estate, John Branca and John McClain — not to be confused with Bruce Willis’s character in “Die Hard,” John McClane — issued a joint statement,
“While we do not have standing to directly intervene, we have monitored the situation and will continue to do so. We believe measures are being put in place that will help protect them from what they are having to deal with.”
Another hearing will take place in 30 days, and the judge will decide if TJ Jackson will remain the children’s guardian or if guardianship will be granted back to Katherine Jackson.