Michael Jackson’s Mom “Fine”, Grandkids Still Haven’t Heard From Her
LOS ANGELES (CNN) — Katherine Jackson, reported missing Saturday by her nephew, told a law enforcement officer in Arizona Sunday that she was “fine,” a source close to the investigation said.
But Michael Jackson’s three children still have not heard from their grandmother a week after she left the Calabasas, California, home where she lives with them, according to Katherine Jackson’s lawyer.
The lack of contact with the Jackson family matriarch led her nephew Trent Jackson to file a missing person’s report with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department late Saturday, Jackson attorney Sandra Ribera said.
It is the latest chapter in a messy dispute between several of Jackson’s children and her advisers over her finances and legal affairs.
Jermaine Jackson, in a statement posted on Twitter Sunday night, said the children were not “being ‘blocked’ from speaking with Mother,” who he said “is safe and well in Arizona with her daughter and our sister, Rebbie, resting up on doctor’s advice.”
“She is merely an 82-year-old woman following doctor’s orders to rest-up and de-stress, away from phones and computers,” he tweeted.
His statement did not explain why Paris Jackson, the 14-year-old daughter of Michael Jackson, was rebuffed in several attempts to reach her grandmother on the phone. That led Paris to post messages on Twitter early Sunday pleading for help in finding her.
“yes, my grandmother is missing,” Paris tweeted. “i haven’t spoken with her in a week i want her home now.”
She asked anyone who sees her grandmother to call police, even publishing her bodyguard’s phone number.
Paris and her brothers Prince and Blanket have been in Katherine Jackson’s custody since their pop icon father died three years ago.
Jackson “has never gone 24 hours without talking to her kids,” Ribera said. “I’m concerned that she would never do this. We have no idea what’s going on with her. No one has talked to her.”
While Jackson still had not called her grandchildren by Sunday night, word reached the family that she was safe, according to a source close to the missing persons probe. The source did not want to be identified since they were not authorized to make the information public.
An Arizona law officer located Katherine Jackson with her daughter Rebbie on Sunday, the source said. When the officer, in the presence of Rebbie, asked Katherine Jackson if she wanted to leave the location she replied ‘no,’ the source said.
Jermaine Jackson’s statement said he and his siblings took their mother to Arizona “in line with doctor’s advice following a check-up.”
Dr. Allan Metzger was brought into Jackson’s home “under false pretenses” on July 14 by saying he was sent by her primary care physician, Ribera said. “We came to find out that her doctor has no association with Dr. Metzger.”
Metzger was a defense witness in the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray last year, testifying that he treated Michael Jackson off and on for two decades for “his profound sleep disorder.” Murray was subsequently convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson’s death.
“the same doctor that testified on behalf of dr murray saying my father was a drug addict (a lie) is caring for my grandmother… just saying,” Paris Jackson tweeted.
The doctor advised Katherine Jackson that it was better for her to take a plane on a trip planned for the next day, rather than ride in a RV driven by Trent Jackson, Ribera said.
Jackson left with her oldest daughter, Rebbie, the next day to fly to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to attend a Jackson brothers concert two days later, she said. But she never arrived at the concert, Ribera said.
A letter made public Wednesday in which two daughters — Rebbie and Janet — and three sons — Jermaine, Randy and Tito — charge that Jackson, 82, was being mistreated by the executors of Michael Jackson’s estate and mis-advised by her manager and lawyer.