The Jackson family not having its own reality television show just seems like a missed opportunity. They've got everything: former child stars, family disputes, people going missing, and the occasional involvement of law enforcement. The latest in a long line of high-profile Jackson antics is a case of alleged battery that took place at the home of matriarch Katherine Jackson, 82, on Monday, shortly after 1:00 PM PST. This is also the place of residence of the late Michael Jackson's children: Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr., 15, Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson, 14, and Prince Michael Jackson II, 10.
"The alleged battery: Just before 1:10 p.m., we got a call about a family disturbance at the home of Katherine Jackson," L.A. County Sheriff's Department Spokesperson Steve Whitmore tells Hollywood.com. "That's in the city of Calabasas, [Calif.]. We arrived and began our investigation. Deputies determined that a minor scuffle had occurred between two Jackson family members." The department has not specified which two members of the family were involved in the incident.
So what happened to cause the fight? Celebuzz reports that Michael's siblings Jermaine, 57, Randy, 50, and Janet, 46, arrived at the household, with a television crew close behind, to remove their deceased brother's children. Reports add that Katherine's security crew disrupted the trio's plans to remove the children. And, a photo obtained by TMZ depicts Janet amid what seems to be a somewhat emphatic conversation with brother Jermaine.
Whitmore adds, "They took a battery report. No arrests were made. No citations were given out. Nothing like that. We'll wrap this up. We'll begin the investigation. We'll finish."
It is possible that the alleged scuffle might have something to do with the "disappearance" of Katherine Jackson, due to the back-to-back occurrence of the incidents. But TMZ reported on Monday that Katherine had just gone to a spa in Tucson, Ariz. Another pertinent conflict among the family members involves the Michael's will, which many of the deceased star's siblings are attempting to contest.
Jackson siblings Maureen, 62, Tito, 58, Jermaine, Randy, and Janet have all signed a letter addressed to Michael's attorneys John Branca and John McClain (courtesy of E! Online), accusing the pair of "fail[ing] to perform [their] duties as executors of [Michael's] estate, but ... not fail[ing] at taking advantage of a grieving mother, father and a grieving family," adding that "the Will, without question, is Fake, Flawed and Fraudulent."
What exactly caused the Monday afternoon fight at the Jackson household is still a mystery... but a bigger mystery is how these guys don't have a weekly hour on MTV. Forget Jersey Shore. A Jackson Family reality show would be a ratings giant.
Reporting by Lindsey DiMattina
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