TJ Jackson awarded custody
Michael Jackson's children, who have been caught in the crosshairs in an ugly family dispute over MJ's reported $500 mil estate, have been removed by court order from their legal guardian, MJ mom Katherine Jackson, who has been absent from her house for nearly two weeks.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff on Tuesday granted MJ brother Tito Jackson's 34-year-old son, Tito Jackson Jr., TJ, temporary guardianship of his cousins, Prince Michael, 15, Paris, 14, and Blanket, 10. The emergency hearing was held after an ugly incident Monday, when MJ siblings Janet, Randy, and Jermaine Jackson tried forcibly to remove the kids from Katherine's home in Calabasas, Calif.
Beckloff said he was suspending Katherine's guardianship not because of any wrongdoing on her part, but because he feared she might be "prevented from acting as a guardian because of the acts of third parties." That'd be her children, who have been up in arms ever since they learned they were cut out from MJ's will, which leaves virtually all of the singer's fortune to his three children.
Was Katherine Jackson kidnapped?
What did Judge Beckloff mean by his cryptic remarks? Does he really think parties (known or unknown) are trying to stop Katherine from being an effective guardian to her grandchildren?
KJ's lawyer, Sandra Ribera, thinks so.
She told the judge at the hearing that the matriarch's two-week absence wasn't entirely voluntary. (On Monday, Katherine was found, staying with family in Arizona.)
"We have reason to believe that Mrs. Jackson has been held against her will," Ribera said. TJ also voiced concern over Katherine's safety, saying she sounded odd when she spoke to him on the phone.
"I've never heard my grandmother talk like that," said TJ, adding that he thinks she was trying to speak to him in code.
Katherine's children have been plotting against her for some time, Ribera tells FoxNews.com. No comment yet from Janet or her brothers.
Siblings: MJ's will was faked!
The Jackson ugliness continues. In a letter obtained by Celebuzz.com, MJ sisters Janet and Rebbie and brothers Tito, Randy, and Jermaine accuse the executors of Michael's estate, John Branca and John McClain, of faking Michael's final will before his death on June 25, 2009. The executors say they will not be intimidated.
Jeweler feeds the Brangelina myth
Dispirited by the (near-)collapse of the Stewart-Pattinson myth? Here's another fairy tale to warm your heart.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are sooo in love, this story goes, some believe they invented it in the first place. (Yes, love itself; love-in-itself; love-in-and-for-itself.)
So intimates the jeweler who helped Pitt design the engagement ring he gifted to his betrothed. "Brad and Angelina are a very romantic couple," says jeweler Robert Procop in an exclusive! interview with Us Weekly. Speaking as an emissary of love, and not an opportunistic scallywag shamelessly promoting his shop, Procop adds, "They always knew they'd be together forever and get married one day, right from the start."
This day in Ent-Industry news
Sharon Osbourne has decided to resign her commission as an America's Got Talent panelist. Or she has not. Gossipers issued fevered reports when, as part of some Twitter feud with fellow panelist Howard Stern, Sharon wrote, "My darling @HowardStern, money is not the reason I'm not returning to @nbcagt." NBC says it has not been informed Sharon is leaving.
Two of the nation's most insightful fake pundits, Jon Stewart, patriarch of The Daily Show, and Stephen Colbert, creator of the mystically titled The Colbert Report, have renewed their respective contracts with 24-hour cable news outlet Comedy Central.
This day on the legal scene
The L.A. City Attorney's Office says paparazzo Paul Raef, 30, has been charged with four counts of reckless driving for his role as the alleged ringleader in a car chase involving paparazzi and Justin Bieber this month, which could have (but did not) end in tragedy.
Porn actor Jenna Jameson, 38, has pleaded not guilty to DUI stemming from a May 25 bust after she crashed her car in Orange County, Calif. Cops say she failed field sobriety tests.
Toy company MGA Entertainment has filed a $10 mil breach-of-contract suit against Her Ladyship, the Gagaest of all Gaga popstars, Lady Gaga, for backing out of a deal to have the company manufacture Gaga dolls that would sing bits of her music. (Who'd blame her?) Gaga's lawyers say it's all nonsense.
TMZ says the Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office (which does stuff about New Orleans) has decided to prosecute Russell Brand, the Brit comic once married to American singer Katy Perry, for misdemeanor criminal damage to property. It stems from a March incident in the Big Easy, when Brand allegedly threw a paparazzo's iPhone through a window.
Tidbits 'n' pieces
Witnesses say that as Jennifer Lopez and her 25-year-old beau, Casper Smart, boarded a swank yacht Tuesday night in New York to celebrate her 43d birthday, they were grinning. . . . Anonymous Source tells FoxNews.com that Tom Cruise "is incredibly gracious and upbeat" despite his impending divorce from Katie Holmes: "You wouldn't even know anything was wrong."
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