Katherine Jackson - Katherine Jackson: 'I Just Needed A Short Vacation'26 July 2012
Katherine Jackson: 'I Just Needed A Short Vacation'
The 82-year-old Jackson family matriarch was reported missing by her nephew Trent on Saturday (21Jul12), six days after she left the Calabasas, California home she shares with teenagers Paris and Prince and their younger brother Blanket and headed to Arizona with her eldest daughter Rebbie.
Trent Jackson told the police the children had been refused contact with their grandmother and were worried about her.
Jermaine Jackson took to Twitter.com later on Saturday to assure fans, friends and followers that his mother was "fine" and resting at Rebbie's home under doctor's orders.
Paris and Katherine's lawyer Sandra Ribera contested his remarks on Twitter and in statements to media outlets, prompting Arizona police officials to track the matriarch down for an interview.
Even that didn't end the drama as Paris continued to post tweets on Monday (23Jul12) and Tuesday (24Jul12) revealing she still hadn't spoken to her grandmother.
There was a showdown at the Calabasas compound as Jermaine and siblings Randy and Janet attempted to reason with the kids and persuade them to leave the home and return to Arizona with them, and on Wednesday (25Jul12), the kids' 36-year-old cousin TJ was granted temporary guardianship in light of his grandmother's absence.
But Katherine returned home on Wednesday afternoon and told ABC News, "There are rumours going around about me that I have been kidnapped. I am here today to let everybody know that I am good and fine. My children would never do anything to me like that."
Asked why she left her grandchildren for 10 days, the 82 year old explained she simply needed "a short vacation".
And as for her decision not to speak to her late son Michael's kids, she added, "One reason I didn't call is I just gave up my phone and I didn't want to have any phone calls."
But she seemed distressed about all the drama that occurred while she was away, stating, "I am devastated that while I've been away, my grandchildren have been taken away from me."
Paris, Prince and Blanket have reportedly been taken to a safe house following Monday's visit from the uncles and aunt, which ended with an altercation following a stand-off on the grounds. Police were called following a report of a physical assault but no arrests were made or citations handed out.
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