Sideshow: It's Jackson kids vs. sibs vs. $$$$$$

Posted: July 25, 2012

The Jackson Family Dispute - which has pitted Michael Jackson's siblings against his children over MJ's financial empire - has reached an all-time low.

Executors of MJ's estate on Tuesday voiced concern over his children's safety a day after the trio - Prince Michael, 15, Paris, 14, and Blanket, 10 - were embroiled in a fracas with MJ sibs Janet, Randy, and Jermaine Jackson at the family compound in Calabasas, Calif. Cops even came! People mag says MJ's brothers and sister tried to take the children away from their home and from their legal guardian, MJ's mom, Katherine Jackson.

KJ, 82, had recently returned after a weekend with family in Arizona, an absence that prompted the sibs to file a missing person report and to suggest the kids were left home unsupervised.

"We are acutely concerned about the welfare of Mrs. Jackson, and most particularly with Michael's minor children," executors John Branca and John McClain said Tuesday. "We are concerned . . . we do what we can to protect them from undue influences, bullying, greed, and other unfortunate circumstances." The executors dismissed reports they plan to petition a court to appoint the kids' cousin, Tito Jackson Jr., 34 (his dad is Tito Jackson), their temporary legal guardian.

What could cause such a rift? Try $500 mil, the estimated worth of MJ's estate at the time of his death in '09.

Matt Damon: Candidates . . .

. . . in the hands of an angry public.

Matt Damon took advantage of the ComiCon PR junket for his film Elysium to speak out on one issue neither the GOP nor the Democrats have addressed in their fight over control of the nation's soul: our income inequality and the banking malfeasance that led to the '08 financial disaster.

"I don't think the Republicans or the Democrats really understand the level of anger at the sense of unfairness that the majority of people in the country feel," said Damon. The Bourne actor said he still supports President Obama even though he's disappointed by O's handling of the banking crisis.

Ice-T defends 2d Amendment

Should the U.S. have tougher gun control laws, a British TV reporter recently asked Ice-T, especially now after the Colorado massacre?

"You know, the right to bear arms is because that's the last form of defense against tyranny," the rapper said. "Not to hunt. It's to protect yourself from the police."

Gosselin: I'll find love on TV!

Reality show veteran, mother of eight, and Philly heroine Kate Gosselin, a veritable rock of chastity since her divorce, is ready for a man in her life. And, as expected, she's turning to reality TV for help. E!Online says Kate, 37, is making the rounds of the network to sell a dating show. Great scam: She'll get the TV producers to dig up and screen prospective mates.

Tidbits 'n' pieces

The Rupert Murdoch hacker-gate case has yielded some new names: Seems Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's phones were among the many celeb mobiles Murdoch newspapers targeted. . . . Singer Carly Rae Jepsen, who reportedly shot a sex tape when barely 18, says she's never starred in such a film. . . . Newbie X Factor judge Britney Spears is a woman after Simon "Darth Vader" Cowell's own metallic heart. As a judge, Britney "is sweet as a lemon," the Chicago Tribune quotes Cowell as saying. She is "quite mean, which I think you will discover." . . . Warner Bros., which released The Dark Knight Rises, has helped raise $2 mil for the fund to benefit families of victims of the Colorado theater shooting. . . . Bachelorette winner Emily Maynard says she won't rule out having her wedding turned into a made-for-TV circus.

Quote du jour

"I know God is in the blessing business because I'm not supposed to be here," Bobby Womack, 68, tells USA Today. The soul singer, who kicked a cocaine habit 20 years ago, this year faced down pneumonia and colon cancer. "There's still a lot for me to do, and if I can sing some great music and make people happy, I've got the best gig in the world."
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