T.J. Jackson to help keep 'outside forces' away from family money
Katherine Jackson will share guardianship of her grandchildren with T.J. Jackson, a move that her attorneys said would "insure that no outside forces try to divert the family allowance."
In their legal filings, Katherine Jackson's lawyers noted speculation about a plot to "gain control over Mrs. Jackson as a means to get at funds" belonging to Michael Jackson's children and expressed confidence in the new guardianship arrangement in preventing misconduct.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff, who had stripped Katherine Jackson of guardianship last week amid allegations that she had been kidnapped by family members, reappointed her at a court hearing Thursday.
The judge said an investigation by the probate court found that she was doing "a wonderful job" raising Prince, 15; Paris, 14; and Blanket, 10.
"It's clear to me the children are well cared for by Mrs. Jackson. It is clear to me they love her very much," he said.
Tito Joe "T.J." Jackson, 34, who was tapped as temporary guardian, will stay on as co-guardian at the request of Katherine Jackson and the children. He has helped raise the three since their father's 2009 death, and Beckloff said that given his background — he is the son of the Jackson Five's Tito Jackson — he can "relate" to the children.
The family has been embroiled in drama for the last couple of weeks, including allegations that the elderly matriarch had been kidnapped by relatives.
The family appears to be attempting to put an end to the public feud. On Wednesday, Jermaine Jackson issued a statement saying he wanted to offer an "olive branch" and begin healing in the family.
"Enough has become enough," he said. "After much soul-searching, it is clearly time for us to live by Michael's words about love not war. In this spirit, I offer this statement by way of extending an olive branch."
-- Harriet Ryan