'Missing' grandmother Katherine Jackson is headed back to Los Angeles
BY RITA SHERROW World Television Editor
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
7/26/12 at 5:35 PM
Correction: A Wednesday Tulsa World online story incorrectly identified a member of the Jackson family who reportedly was involved in a confrontation Monday with another family member. Trent Jackson reportedly was involved in that confrontation. This story has been corrected.
Randy Jackson, one of Michael Jackson's brothers, announced Wednesday that his mother Katherine Jackson is returning to California.
"My mom is on her way back to Los Angeles," Jackson told ABC's Robin Roberts on "Good Morning America." "It was under doctor's orders that she go (away from L.A.). Her health was really bad, and he wanted her to go somewhere where she couldn't be on the phone, and be cut off from the outside world for a few days."
Jackson, who along with brother Jermaine and sister Janet Jackson, were involved in a confrontation with their late brother Michael Jackson's children and another family member at the Jackson family compound Monday. There was reportedly a scuffle with Trent Jackson at the home and sheriff's deputies took a report, according to tmz.com. No one was arrested. Randy Jackson denied any physical altercation occurred with any of the children.
Katherine Jackson, 82 -- the legal guardian of the late pop singer's daughter and sons Paris, 14, Prince, 15, and Blanket, 10 -- was reported missing by a nephew Saturday but was, Randy Jackson told "GMA" Tuesday, in Arizona under doctor’s order to rest. She had no phone or computer contact with her grandchildren for 10 days.
He told ABC's Roberts that he and his brother and sister showed up at the family home to tell the children they could talk to and visit with their grandmother "whenever they want."
But Katherine Jackson's attorney Sandra Ribera, read a statement Monday stating: "Following the incident, it was learned that one of the family members who was part of the ambush admitted that a plan has been in place for the last three years to remove Katherine Jackson from her home and her beloved grandchildren."
Ribera told ABC News: "The children were able to make contact with their grandmother very late yesterday evening. They are looking forward to being reunited with their grandmother very soon."
Last week, siblings Randy, Jermaine, Janet, Rebbie and Tito Jackson signed a letter declaring Michael Jackson's will a fraud and demanding that the estate's executors John Branca and John McClain be removed.
The will left everything to Jackson's children under the care of his mother and excluded all other family members. Tito Jackson rescinded his support of the letter Tuesday, reported tmz.com.
Perry Sanders, Katherine Jackson's estate attorney told ABC he met with Janet and Jermaine Jackson in Tucson, Ariz., Tuesday night but did not see Katherine although he was assured she was "OK."
According to ABC, Sanders, who had planned to appoint a temporary guardian for the children in Los Angeles, said he no longer thinks it is necessary.
Video of the interview supplied by tmz.com.
Katherine Jackson, seen here in January, is reportedly on her way back home to California. She was reported missing Saturday but was allegedly under doctor's care in Arizona for the last 10 days. MATT SAYLES/AP Photo