A California judge has appointed Tito Jackson‘s son TJ the temporary legal guardian of Michael Jackson‘s three children in the midst of the the ongoing drama and mystery surrounding the children’s permanent guardian and Jackson family matriarch, Katherine Jackson.
Judge Mitchell Beckloff made the decision to suspend Katherine’s guardianship due to her being in Arizona for the past week and losing contact with the children. He said that there is no evidence of wrongdoing on Katherine’s behalf, though, and that she will be restored as guardian when she returns to Calabasas.
During his court appearance, TJ Jackson, 34, described what he called a “strange” conversation with Katherine in which he says her speech was slurred and she used words that made him think she was speaking in codes.
“I’ve never heard my grandmother talk like that,” he said. “In every way. The sound in her voice. The pauses.”
Katherine Jackson was reported missing Saturday, but has since been confirmed to be at eldest daughter Rebbie’s home in Arizona recovering from what’s being described as a “mini-stroke.”
The report shined light on a rift in the Jackson family regarding Michael’s will, which the siblings believe is a fake. The will puts all of the pop icon’s assets in a trust overseen by the executors of his estate and intended to benefit his children, his mother and charitable causes.
Michael’s eldest children, 15-year-old Michael, Jr. (commonly known as “Prince”) and 14-year-old Paris, reportedly support the appointment of a temporary guardian.
Katherine Jackson’s attorney Perry Sanders, Jr., said after the hearing that he’d received word that Katherine would be returning to California Wednesday. He plans to have her guardianship reinstated and will fight any motions to have her permanently replaced.