Jackson vs. Jackson: A Timeline

A guide to America's most famous family feud.


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Where It All Began... - The Jackson family drama has been the subject of dozens of headlines over the past two weeks, and we put together this handy timeline to help keep track of the details. Before the police reports, talk show call-ins and passive-aggressive Twitter rants, the drama started when Michael Jackson's estate, under the execution of John Branca and John McClain, suddenly began turning a profit. By early 2012, three years after MJ's death, his once-bankrupt estate was valued at $1 billion. Can you see where this is heading? (Photo: WENN.com/Apega/Agent47)

The Jacksons - In the wake of Michael Jackson?s sudden death, a number of his family members challenged the validity of the late pop star?s will, calling it "fake, flawed and fraudulent."    (Photo: Kevin Mazur/MJ Memorial via Getty Images)

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The Leaked Letter - Sometime in June, several of the Jackson siblings penned and signed a letter accusing Branca and McClain, executors of Michael's will, of fraud and of imposing emotional stress on their mother Katherine, who they claimed had a "mini-stroke" resulting from their malice. The letter, which was leaked to the internet in early July, indicated the Jackson siblings, led by Randy, intended to fight Michael's will, which left everything to his three children and nothing for them.  (Photo: Kevin Mazur/MJ Memorial via Getty Images)


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What's at Stake - While it's unclear what kind of claim Michael's siblings could (or would) make on his estate, there's the matter of the $70,000 per month the estate pays to Katherine for the care of the children. Some say Randy, et al. could be attempting to make Katherine look feeble so they can put her under a conservatorship and get a piece of her generous monthly allowance.  (Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)


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Paris Lashes Out on Twitter - Michael's 14-year-old daughter reacted to her uncle Randy's claims that her grandma was ailing by calling him out on Twitter. "I'd like to know who made up the rumor," she said, though it seemed she already knew the answer. "I will defend my beloved family member with all I have, even if it means from other family members.” This was just the first shot fired in the Twitter war to come. (Photo: Jeff Bottari/Getty Images)


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Katherine Jackson "Disappears" - A storm is brewing in Calabasas, California. Katherine Jackson leaves her SoCal home on July 15 with daughter Rebbie, supposedly to attend a Jackson Unity concert in Albuquerque. She never makes it there, instead being diverted to Arizona, where she is supposedly put under a doctor's orders to rest. Meanwhile, Paris Jackson and her two siblings grow increasingly alarmed at their lack of contact with Katherine, and on July 21 file a missing person's report with the local sheriff.  (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)


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Showdown at the Compound - The missing person's report prompts conflicting stories about Katherine's condition and whereabouts. Paris and Katherine's attorney believe the 82-year-old is a pawn in a "sinister plot" hatched by her children, while Jermaine tweeted that his mother was "fine" and nobody was being "blocked" from seeing her. Police are called to Katherine Jackson's home in Calabasas, responding to reports of a violent altercation.  (Photo: REUTERS/Phil McCarten)


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Jackson vs. Jackson - There were rumored physical altercations in the Jackson home that afternoon. Trent had Jermaine in a headlock, Tito punched Randy and, most notably.  But TMZ.com wrongfully reported 14-year-old Paris got slapped by her aunt Janet, who called her a "spoiled little b****." However, Paris denied the slap happened and on August 1, TMZ retracted their story.  (Photo: from left Mark Davis/Getty Images, Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)


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Marlon, Tito and Jackie Jackson Appear on The Insider - By July 24, ten days after Katherine Jackson left home, the battle lines are drawn. The events of the week appeared to be too much for Tito Jackson, who releases a statement retracting his name from the letter contesting Michael's will. That night, his brothers Marlon and Jackie join him on The Insider for an emotional interview during which they expressed anger at not being able to talk to Katherine. (Photo: Courtesy of the Insider)


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Randy Confirms Plan to Contest Michael's Will - Meanwhile, Randy Jackson does a little damage control for his side of the family. He calls in to Al Sharpton's MSNBC show PoliticsNation to address rumors about Katherine, who he claims is "fine" and resting with family in Arizona, and that he was "denied access" by Paris to her home when he attempted to "take the grandkids to see Mother." He also presents the most compelling evidence he has in denying the validity of Michael's will: that MJ was with Sharpton in New York on the day the will was supposedly signed and notarized in Los Angeles. (Photo: from left Kevin Winter/Getty Images, Toby Canham/Getty Images)


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T.J. Takes Over - A new player takes the stage in the ongoing saga. T.J. Jackson, Tito's 34-year-old son who has long been considered a father-figure to Michael's children, is awarded temporary guardianship of the three minors. A judge says Katherine, who has been M.I.A. for ten days, has been stripped of custody because she's in a "compromised position," not for any wrongdoing.  (Photo: Tim Alban/Getty Images)

Katherine Jackson - "I am here today to let everybody know that I am fine and I am here with my children, and my children would never do a thing to me like that, holding me against my will. It's very stupid for people to think that."(Photo: Courtesy of ABC News)

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Katherine Goes Primetime - Turns out losing custody of her grandchildren, even temporarily, was the final straw for Katherine. The Jackson family matriarch finally made contact with the world in a pre-taped interview which aired on Nightline. Surrounded by Janet, Jermaine, Rebbie and a rep for the resort she had been holed up in, Katherine tells the world she's fine and coming home.  (Photo: Courtesy of ABC News) 


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T.J. and Katherine Request Joint Custody of Grandkids - After eleven days of exile, Katherine Jackson finally returns to her Calabasas home (prompting Paris to tweet, "thankyougod"), and appears in court with T.J. requesting a permanent joint guardianship of the three children.   (Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Michael Jackson - His expensive lifestyle and endless legal bills meant the bank was always one late payment away from changing the locks on Neverland Ranch. But Jackson always managed to find a way to keep his home, which cost an estimated $10 million a year to maintain, out of foreclosure — even if it meant auctioning off the zoo and the amusement park rides.(Photo: Mark Mainz/Getty Images)

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That Was the Battle, Now Comes the War - With Katherine home, the first battle in the Jackson family civil war appears to be over, but it looks like a war is brewing. Are Randy and his siblings right to contest Michael's will? Is Katherine's health in jeopardy? And who will take care of Michael's three young children? Keep it locked on BET.com for all the updates! (Photo: Mark Mainz/Getty Images)