TJ Jackson Granted Temporary Guardianship of Michael Jackson's Kids; Katherine Jackson Suspended
UPDATE 2:12PM ET: TMZ is now saying that a judge has granted TJ Jackson temporary guardianship of Michael Jackson's three children and has suspended Katherine Jackson's. TJ is expected to file for permanent guardianship in the next 48 hours, according to the report.
Representing the Michael Jackson Estate in court Wednesday was Zia Maodabber. Maodabber is the same lawyer Michael once fired for "negligence," Celebuzz learned exclusively on Wednesday.
TMZ is reporting that lawyers for TJ Jackson are in court today to seek temporary guardianship of Michael Jackson's three children, Prince Michael, 15, Paris, 14, and Blanket, 10.
TJ, the 34-year-old son of Michael's brother, Tito, is making the bid after the children's current guardian, Katherine Jackson, 82, left the kids without supervision to go stay with her daughter, Rebbie, in Arizona.
According to TMZ, Prince Michael, Paris and Blanket are on board with TJ becoming their temporary guardian, as is the Estate of Michael Jackson, which is sending lawyers to court today to back the move.
Meanwhile, Radar Online reporting that Katherine finally got in touch with her grandchildren late Tuesday evening, during which she assured them that she is on her way home.
"Paris was just so relieved to hear from her grandmother," a source told the site. "She was very emotional on the phone, and Katherine assured her that everything was going to be OK. Katherine wanted to come home immediately last night, but there were no flights available."
This is just the latest chapter in the ongoing saga over the Estate of Michael Jackson, which began when the late King of Pop's siblings signed a letter asking for the immediate resignation of Estate executors John Braca and John McClain.
In the letter, obtained exclusively by Celebuzz, Michael's sisters Janet, Rebbie and brothers Tito, Randy and Jermaine Jackson claimed that Braca and McClain had faked Michael's final will before he died of cardiac arrest on June 25, 2009.
“At the time we couldn’t possibly fathom what is so obvious to us now: that the Will, without question, it’s Fake, Flawed and Fraudulent,” states the legal letter.