Katherine Jackson Returns Home and Releases Taped Message
An extraordinary taped message from Katherine Jackson has been released, In it, she absolutely denied reports that she was being held against her will by her own children.
In the video, she said, "I am here to let everybody know that I am fine and I am here with my children and my children would never do a thing like that to me, holding me against my will. It's very stupid for people to think that."
The tape aired on Nightline and Good Morning America and was recorded at a resort in Tucson, Arizona, just hours after Katherine temporarily lost guardianship of Michael Jackson's three kids.
"I am devastated that while I have been away that my children, my grandchildren have been taken away from me."
Katherine was surrounded by her children. Janet and Jermaine hovered above, daughter Rebbie and Katherine's granddaughter sat on either side of her. A representative of the Miraval Resort was standing behind her as well.
The matriarch of the storied Jackson family made it clear she was very upset about the situation back home.
"But I have a good idea who is doing that," she said.
Her remarks seemed squarely aimed at her 34-year-old grandson TJ Jackson, Tito's son. TJ had taken the stand Wednesday to give tearful testimony that resulted in a judge awarding him temporary guardianship of Paris, Michael and Blanket.
Katherine seemed taken aback at the ruling.
She said, "The ruling in court today was about guardianship and I think it is based on a bunch of lies. It is really bad to hear what is going on back at home and that the children have been taken away from me. I know I will get there in time to get them back and after I finish this, I will be heading home."
Katherine was driven from Tucson, Arizona, to Calabasas, California, last night. It's a 488 mile trip and took eight hours.
When Katherine got home, she found a household in chaos. Much of her household staff, including the cook, the nannies, and security personnel had all been fired, apparently without her knowledge or approval. She was said to be very upset.
Paris Jackson welcomed her back on Twitter Thursday morning, "grandma's here! #thankyougod."
But then, a tweet from her brother, Prince, hints that the Jackson family civil war may be far from over.
Prince wrote, "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 realize how misguided and how badly she was lied to. I'm really angry and hurt."
Katherine Jackson's lawyer Perry Sanders said he has a single, immediate goal, "That she is expeditiously put back in the role that the kids want, that she wants to be in and that Michael wanted her in."
Meanwhile Michael Jackson's one-time spiritual advisor thinks Jackson would absolutely hate what's going on with his kids today.
Rabbi Shmuley told INSIDE EDITION, "Michael felt he was denied a childhood, that he was always in the public eye. And now we see more instances with Prince and Paris and Blanket in the public eye, which Michael would have never condoned. Let's face it, if he was alive he never would have wanted this."