Katherine Jackson Missing Person Report Merely Tactic to Distract from Estate Drama, Says Family
The Jackson family is claiming that reports from Saturday that mom Katherine Jackson went missing were merely an attempt to distract everyone from a letter the family wrote asking for the immediate resignation of executors of Michael Jackson's estate.
"This fallacious missing persons report was created by the very person and persons we are trying to protect our mother from," the Jackson family said Monday in a statement obtained by Celebuzz. "We feel that there is a conspiracy to deflect the attention away from a letter we wrote asking for the resignation of executors, John Branca and John McClain, as well as some of her 'advisors” and 'caregivers.'"
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"We feel there is strong evidence that supports the falsification of documents in order to takeover and profit from the estate of our beloved brother, Michael Jackson," the statement continued. "We want answers. The only feud that exists is between the Executors of the Estate and this family. This is being handled by the proper authorities and due process will take place."
Katherine, 82, was reported missing Saturday by her nephew, Trent, after he learned from members of his family that they were unable to get in touch with Katherine for over a week.
Katherine's son, Jermaine, later disputed the reports on his Twitter, saying Katherine was resting in Arizona with his sister, Rebbie.
"Let me put to bed today’s nonsense: as I made clear some days ago, Mother is safe and well in Arizona with her daughter and our sister, Rebbie, resting up on doctor’s advice, so it is beyond me how she can be reported 'missing,'" he wrote.
"This incredulous claim was made for reasons best known to the adult/s who filed it but it seems no accident that it comes after we, the sons and daughters, put in place care-taking for our own mother, taking her to Arizona in line with doctor’s advice following a check-up," he added. (Read the full response here.)
The family drama emerged just days after Celebuzz exclusively obtained a letter signed by Michael’s sisters Janet, Rebbie and brothers Tito, Randy and Jermaine Jackson, in which the family accused the executors of Michael's estate, John Branca and John McClain, of faking Michael's final will before his death on June 25, 2009.
“Since the passing of Michael, our beloved brother, you have failed to perform your duties as executors of his estate, but what you have not failed at is taking advantage of a grieving mother, father and a grieving family,” says the Jackson’s letter. ”Our brother told us, in no uncertain terms and without hesitation in the months prior to his death, that he despised both of you and that he did not want either of you to have anything to do with his life or estate for that matter.”
The letter also alleged that Katherine had suffered a mini-stroke as a result of the drama.