The Jackson family are in turmoil as Michael Jackson's relatives fight over his $500 million (£300 million) estate. The latest development in the drama erupted last night when Janet Jackson appeared to slap Michael's daughter, Paris and called her a 'spoiled little b****'.
The singer, who died in 2009, left his entire fortune to his children and mother plus some to charity, leaving his siblings notably absent. While some family members try to contest proceedings claiming the will is a fake, a feud has emerged which appears to escalate on a daily basis.
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To help make some sense of the matter we've outlined what happened and when.
17 July: Family members believe MJ's will is a fake
Michael's brothers, Tito, Jermaine and Randy join sisters Janet and Rebbie in requesting MJ's estate executors resign immediately. The quintet believes the MJ's signature on the will was forged. Their letter also claims the executors' behaviour made caused their mother Katherine to have a mini-stroke, although she has denied this.
22 July Michael Jackson's mum Katherine reported missing
Katherine Jackson who is the legal guardian of Michael's three children was caught in the middle of the argument over the will. Her nephew Trent filed a missing person report claiming he'd not spoken to her in a week. This was supported by a statement from the Jackson matriarch's lawyer who said her client never goes 24 hours without speaking to the children.
Paris confirmed the news on Twitter posting: "yes , my grandmother is missing . i haven't spoken with her in a week i want her home now .[sic]" She later tweeted her anger and even threaten family members writing: "8 days and counting . something is really off , this isn't like her at all .. i wanna talk directly to my grandmother!!<|3 [sic]" And as another day past, Paris posted: "9 days and counting… so help me god i will make whoever did this pay. [sic]"
24 July Tito Jackson retracts his contest over authenticity of will
Tito Jackson makes a statement expressing his wish to remove his name from proceedings writing: "I completely retract my signature from the July 17th letter sent to the Executors of my brother's Michael's estate and repudiate all the claims made against them. I don't want any part of that letter whatsoever."
24 July Tito's son TJ seeks guardianship of children
TJ Jackson tweets his support to Paris saying: "It's completely unfair for them to do this to you and your brothers. We will keep trying. I love you." He then applied for temporary guardianship of Paris Prince Michael and Blanket.
24 July Katherine Jackson found to be safe
The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department confirmed they'd found Katherine and she was in a spa in Arizona with her daughter Rebbie. Jermaine Jackson insisted she was fine explaining through a series of tweets that the missing person report was 'nonsense' and she is resting up following the doctor's advice.
He also said that 82-year-old Katherine did not have access to a phone or computer for her health and that filing such a missing persons report has 'caused unnecessary anxiety with Michael's children.'
24 July Janet Jackson slaps Paris, police called to break up fight
Along with her brothers Randy and Jermaine, Janet tried to removed the children from their home and take them to visit their grandmother. But a argument erupted and footage appeared to show Janet slapping Paris outside of her home and it's thought to have called her a 'spoiled little b****".
The fight then moved inside where RadarOnline report another fight emerged which resulted in Trent Jackson (children's cousin who has taken their side) allegedly punching Jermaine in the mouth and had Randy in a headlock. Police were called but no arrests were made.
25 July Paris tweets apology
Following an evening of fighting Paris then posted: "a lot of ppl have been saying that i "changed i wanna apologize for the attitude... there's just a lot going on... i promise: the ego = gone(: [sic]"
We hope the family can settle things for the sake and well being of everyone!