Katherine Jackson, Michael Jackson’s mom, now says she was kept under lockdown for days inside an Arizona spa last month without access to a phone, her iPad, her grandkids or a television.
Katherine Jackson declared in court papers that she learned she was the subject of a search when she accidentally heard a TV reports, writes Yahoo.
Katherine’s 10-day absence at a luxury resort in Arizona came as a power struggle erupted within the large Jackson clan over control of the pop star’s multi-million dollar estate.
Katherine Jackson, 82, agreed on Thursday to share guardianship of Prince, 15, Paris, 14 and Blanket, 10, with TJ Jackson, the 34-year-old son of Michael Jackson’s brother Tito.
She said she was kept virtually incommunicado without access to a phone or her iPad. She said her stay at the Tucson resort was unplanned, and she went there after she was told her doctor had ordered her to rest.
According to Reuters, Katherine said she had planned last month to take a road trip to New Mexico to watch four of her sons in concert. But instead an unnamed doctor ordered her to rest, told her to take a plane, and she found herself at the Arizona resort and spa.
After repeatedly asking for the television to be fixed, Katherine woke up one morning to hear a broadcast that she had been reported missing, she said.
“While there was a telephone in my room, the telephone was not functioning and I could not dial out,” she said in the documents. “In addition, there was no picture on the television in my room.”
Katherine Jackson’s declaration was attached to papers filed in a request to be reinstated as guardian of Michael’s children, Prince, 15, Paris, 14 and Blanket, 10. Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff granted the request Thursday and temporarily named her nephew, TJ Jackson, as co-guardian.
“The kids are in terrific hands,” Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff said before reinstating Katherine Jackson as co-guardian of her grandchildren.
“It appears from the report that Katherine Jackson has done a wonderful job and cares about the children very much.”
Beckloff also said that the children have a close relationship with their 34-year-old cousin TJ Jackson, who was named temporary guardian last week after working closely with Katherine Jackson since Michael Jackson died.
TJ is “incredibly respectful” of the family matriarch and she is respectful of him, the judge noted.
However, some of Michael Jackson’s mother’s comments appeared in conflict with a statement she made to ABC News before she left Tucson.
Seated with her children Randy, Janet and Rebbie next to her, Katherine read from a prepared statement saying she had not been held against her will
“My children would never do a thing to me like that, holding me against my will,” she said. “It’s very stupid for people to think that.”
During her absence, five of Michael Jackson’s siblings wrote to the executors of their brother’s estate challenging the validity of the will found after his 2009 death.
Michael Jackson left nothing to his siblings when he died three years ago. The will left control of the estate with two non-family executors for the benefit of the late singer’s mother and his children.
According to recent court documents, the estate has earned $475 million in gross profits since Jackson’s death and much of his estimated $500 million debts have been paid off.
Several Jackson’s siblings signed a letter that was leaked to the media alleging the will was a fake and calling on executors of the estate to resign.
On Wednesday, Jermaine Jackson issued a plea for peace in the family and withdrew his support of the letter.
He wrote that the family is still raw from Michael Jackson’s death, and his mother has endured incredible stress and pressures since then.
“It is time for us all to draw a line in the sand and move towards peace, co-operation, love and healing. I truly hope we can find it in our hearts to do so,” Jermaine wrote.