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Katherine Jackson will file to restore guardianship, lawyer says

July 27, 2012 |  5:42 am

Jackson children with shoes
After returning from a trip to Arizona that resulted in her losing custody of Michael Jackson's children, Katherine Jackson is expected to file a petition to restore her guardianship, her lawyer told CNN.

Jackson also played down rumors about her health being in question, her lawyer, Perry Sanders, said to the network.

"I had a long and productive meeting today with Mrs. Jackson," Sanders said to CNN. "I am pleased to report that she is fine and she laughed at the widely publicized report that she had suffered a stroke."

Sanders added that he would make more details public Friday.

On Wednesday, a Los Angeles judge stripped Jackson of custody of the late pop icon's three children -- Prince, Paris and Prince Michael II. Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff temporarily transferred guardianship to a cousin after hearing allegations that Katherine Jackson was being "held against her will" at an Arizona spa and had sounded "strange" in the one phone call she made to relatives since leaving L.A. on July 15.

"I've never heard my grandmother talk like that," the cousin, Tito Joe "T.J." Jackson, told the judge about the phone call. "She wasn't sharp. Some words seemed a little slurred."

An attorney for Katherine Jackson, Sandra Ribera, told the judge that after staying with Michael Jackson's children this week in the Calabasas home where they live with their grandmother, "I have reason to believe she is being held or has been held against her will."

In naming T.J. Jackson temporary guardian, Beckloff said he was responding to "the intentional acts of third parties" rather than any misconduct by Katherine Jackson. He said the law required T.J. Jackson, 34 -- son of Michael's brother Tito -- to file paperwork seeking permanent custody but that Katherine Jackson could be reinstated if she returned.

The relatives involved in arranging her out-of-state trip -- her sons Randy and Jermaine and daughters Janet and Rebbie -- were not in court. In television interviews, Randy Jackson has said his mother left town "under doctor's orders" to rest and relax.

The fight between family factions became public over the weekend when relatives in Calabasas filed a missing-person report. Sheriff's deputies later closed the case after speaking with Katherine Jackson in Arizona, where she was staying with Rebbie.

That finding didn't dissuade 14-year-old Paris Jackson from taking to Twitter to declare her grandmother missing.

"9 days and counting," she wrote. "So help me god i will make whoever did this pay."

On Monday, deputies were called to the Calabasas residence to break up a fight between family members, and a video shot from inside the home subsequently surfaced online, showing Janet Jackson swiping at a cellphone held by Paris.

On Thursday, Prince Jackson posted a lengthy message on Twitter about 5 a.m.: "I would first like to start off this tweet by thanking the fans that have always stood by me and my family..."

He also linked to an extended tweet that said: "As I am sure everyone is well aware of the events that have been going on. I have been holding off on backing up my sister and her tweets avidly because I was waiting for the time to reveal my side. As long as I can remember my dad had repeatedly warned me of certain people and their ways. Although I am happy my grandma was returned, after speaking with her I realized how misguided and how badly she was lied to. I'm really angry and hurt."


Paris Jackson tweets: "Grandma's here!"

Katherine Jackson vows to fight back against "bunch of lies"

Prince Jackson weighs in on family feud: "Really angry and hurt"

-- Melissa Leu

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Photo: The three children of the late Michael Jackson immortalized their father in a hand and footprint casting ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in January. Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times