UPDATE: The judge presiding over the Jackson custody case has officially reappointed Katherine Jackson as guardian of her three grandchildren, TMZ reports. The judge has named T.J. Jackson co-guardian temporarily, reserving his final decision until an August 22 hearing. At that time, he may decide to make the joint custody arrangement permanent.
Looks like the Jacksons are starting to get their house in order.
T.J. Jackson will head to court in Los Angeles on Thursday to officially file a motion to become the permanent co-guardian of his uncle Michael Jackson's three children, Paris, Prince Michael and Blanket Jackson, RadarOnline.com reports. He will ask the judge to share the responsibility with 82-year-old Katherine Jackson.
"Charles Shultz [T.J. Jackson's lawyer] will give notice to interested persons that we intend to file a pleading tomorrow regarding co-guardianship," Katherine Jackson's attorney Perry Sanders says in a statement. "No further statements will be made regarding this pleading until subsequent to us learning how the Court wishes to proceed."
One of the "interested persons" the attorney refers to is Diana Ross, who was named next-in-line after Katherine Jackson to take guardianship over the King of Pop's children. According to reports, Diana is completely in favor of the guardianship arrangement between T.J. and Katherine, and is expected to give her legal go-ahead.
Meanwhile, Janet Jackson is exercising some legal action of her own. The pop star, who came under fire recently when TMZ reported she slapped her niece Paris Jackson, 14, and called her a "spoiled little bitch," has allegedly threatened to sue the gossip site. As a result, TMZ has retracted their story completely.
"Janet Jackson did not slap or verbally abuse Paris Jackson during a confrontation at the Jackson family home in Calabasas last week," TMZ says in a post today. "Although we believed the story to be true when we published it, we have now determined it was not correct ... Janet did not slap or otherwise touch Paris, nor did she verbally abuse her."
While there will be plenty of folks giving this reversal the side-eye, it certainly is a PR victory for Janet, who seems to have found herself on the less sympathetic side of this Jackson family feud.
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