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Sheriff probes claim that Michael Jackson's mother was exploited

July 23, 2012 |  6:18 pm

Authorities are looking into allegations that Katharine Jackson has been exploited.Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies have been investigating allegations since April that Michael Jackson's mother was being exploited by family members, officials said.

Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said a business associate of the family made the accusation. Deputies interviewed Katherine Jackson, who denied the allegation. No arrests have been made, but the case is ongoing.

That case is not related to reports of a fight at the home of Katherine Jackson's home Monday involving various family members.

"Lost Hills deputies responded to a family disturbance at the home of Katherine Jackson in the city of Calabasas. Deputies determined that a physical altercation had occurred, a battery. It involved members of the Jackson family," Whitmore said.

He did not name those involved and added that no arrests were made.

The incident comes after some members of the Jackson family had publicly said Katherine Jackson was missing and they were concerned about her welfare. The 82-year-old was reported missing Saturday, sheriff's officials said.

Paris Jackson, Michael Jackson's daughter, posted Sunday on Twitter: "Yes, my grandmother is missing. i haven't spoken with her in a week i want her home now."

Jermaine Jackson later went on Twitter to say his mother was fine.

"I want to reassure everyone (inc all sudden medical experts) that Mother is fine but is resting up in AZ on the orders of a doctor, not us," he wrote.


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Photo: Katherine Jackson. Credit: Getty Images