Paris Jackson Takes The Offensive, Lashes Out In Shocking Jackson Family Feud
photo: Mike Sullivan / WireImage
photo: Mike Sullivan / WireImage
The name of the Jacksons' tour seems ironic — to say the least — in light of the enormous family feud that's coming to light, with 14-year-old Paris and her 82-year-old grandmother Katherine forming an intergenerational alliance on one side, pitted against her uncles and aunt Janet on the other. The most serious issue is a dispute over Michael Jackson's will, although Paris's acting aspirations and a stroke that Katherine may or may not have suffered are also causing rancor among the kin.
Paris even took to her Twitter account to personally address Randy Jackson, essentially calling him a liar as she repeated his Twitter handle and charged: "Hello, dear family member. I don't appreciate you telling everyone things that aren't true, thank you very much." She's since deleted that tweet, but left up the followup that reads: "At this point I don't care what people call me or if they think I'm a bad person. If it means sticking up for my grandmother, I will do it."
Paris was asserting that Katherine had not had a stroke. "I am going to clarify right now that what has been said about my grandmother is a rumor and nothing has happened. She is completely fine," she wrote. "I'd like to know who made up the rumor. I will defend my beloved family member with all I have, even if it means from other family members."
But Jermaine Jackson has taken to his Twitter account to set the record straight on his mother's health. "As Paris tonight clarified, she earlier rushed to end Twitter talk that Mother is ill TODAY, but Paris didn't expose any 'lie' as TMZ claimed," he tweeted, attacking the gossip website. "The truth is that Mother DID suffer a mini-stroke some months ago. She is fine now, but the timeline doesn't alter the fact it happened."
Mini-strokes aside, why is it Paris and Katherine against the world... or at least the rest of the Jackson family world?
The alliances have settled around Michael's will, which did not include any of his brothers and sisters. Now five of Michael's siblings — Janet, Randy, Jermaine, Tito, and Rebbie — are contesting the will. They all signed a furious letter to the executors of of the estate, which happened to assert that the ill will over the situation had caused Katherine to have her alleged mini-stroke.
Addressing longtime Michael cohorts John Branca and John McClain, the Jackson brothers and sisters called the will "fake, flawed and fraudulent" and further wrote: ""This has to stop now: No more! Your heartless pursuit of wealth, fame and power is at the expense of our family, whose deepest desire is to give the world a gift of hope, love and unity through our music."
The lengthy letter from Janet, Randy, Jermaine, Tito, and Rebbie also "insist(s) that you resign effective immediately," saying the executors have failed at their duties — "but what you have not failed at is taking advantage of a grieving mother, father and a grieving family." It cites "inconsistencies" that include Michael's location the day he is supposed to have signed the will, citing supposed evidence that he was not in Los Angeles on July 7, 2002, the date of his signature. "Our brother told us, in no uncertain terms and without hesitation in the months prior to his death, that he despised both of you and that he did not want either of you to have anything to do with his life or estate for that matter." After bringing up Katherine's mini-stroke, her children content that "for some strange reason" her advisors "are telling her to disregard what she knows as fact" and "let them negotiate 'deals' with Branca and McClain on her behalf... She has been deceived" and "is being hit from all sides."