Katherine Jackson reinstated as guardian of Michael Jackson's kids
Katherine Jackson has officially been reinstated by the courts as the guardian to Michael Jackson's three kids, Prince, 15, Paris, 14 and Blanket, 10.
Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff ruled on the decision on Thursday, August 2, although Tito Joe "TJ" Jackson will remain a temporary co-guardian.
Jackson revealed in her statement to the court, according to documents obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com, that she was kept from communicating with outsiders while she was at a resort in Tucson, Arizona.
She claimed she was flown to the spa on doctor's orders and that her cell phone and iPad were taken away. She was also kept in a room without a working phone or television.
Katherine also claimed she was unaware she was reported as missing by her nephew Trent Jackson. Katherine Jackson said she first learned that she had been reported missing when she heard it on a television report.
Judge Beckloff said during the hearing on August 2, that the investigator who looked into the children's care said Katherine was an excellent guardian and that he was "pleasantly surprised" by the report into Jackson's children.
"I think the kids are in terrific hands," the judge said. "It appears from the report that Katherine Jackson has done a wonderful job and cares about the children very much."
The judge also noted that the kids have a close relationship with 34-year-old TJ Jackson, who is the son of Katherine's son Tito Jackson. TJ has reportedly been "incredibly respectful" of Katherine and vice versa, according to Backloff.
The guardianship arrangement could be finalized at the next court hearing on August 22. The current arrangement, with TJ as co-guardian, is to make it easier on the 82-year-old Katherine Jackson. Her responsibilities are now solely focused on the children's upbringing while TJ will in charge of home and logistics issues.
The guardianship changes occurred because Katherine had been out of contact with her grandchildren for 10 days. Katherine's trip to Arizona came at the heels of a dispute about Michael Jackson's will between his siblings Randy, Tito, Jermaine, Rebbie and Janet and the executors of the King of Pop's Estate.
The siblings wrote in a letter that they believe Michael Jackson's 2002 will is fraudulent. Jermaine Jackson wrote on August 1 that he wished to make peace amongst the family and that he would rescind his signature from the letter.
Although he rescinded his signature from the letter, Jermaine said he still has "deep reservations about many issues involving the estate, and I will continue to bring scrutiny and a resolute voice wherever we have cause for concern."
He added that he will seek to address those issues privately from now on.
Jermaine also said in his statement that Michael Jackson's children were never blocked from speaking to their grandmother and co-guardian, Katherine Jackson, during her recent trip to Arizona.
"When she was away, and with the children in the responsible care of Tito's son TJ, there was never a malicious attempt to 'block' the kids from talking with her," the statement said. "We simply worried that a call home would first entail, or lead to, conversations with individuals we are in dispute with and that would, therefore, increase pressure on Mother -- and pressure was what a doctor said she didn't need."
Jermaine's brother, Randy Jackson, continued to attack the validity of the will in Tweets as recently as July 27.
Michael Jackson died at age 50 from an overdose of anesthetic propofol. During his legendary solo career, Jackson won 13 Grammys and 13 of his songs hit No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart.