Michael Jackson's 14-year-old daughter Paris denies that her aunt Janet Jackson slapped her during a scuffle at the home of her grandmother Katherine, while the family matriarch has finally contacted her grandchildren from Arizona, where she had traveled amid what appears to be a growing family feud over the late King of Pop's estate.
Police were called to Katherine's Los Angeles-area house, where Jackson's three children live, to investigate a report about a physical disturbance between two people. No arrests were made. ABC News said siblings Randy, Jermaine and Janet Jackson showed up and apparently tried to take away the singer's three children - Paris, Prince and Blanket.
TMZ reported that during the scuffle, Janet slapped Paris, who retaliated with her own slap and told her to leave. However, when asked by a Twitter follower whether the female singer did in fact slap her, Paris responded: "Nope."
Her uncle Randy Jackson told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Wednesday, July 15: "There was no slapping, no calling of names. This is all meant to take attention from the question that has not been answered [about Michael Jackson's will]."
ABC News reported on Wednesday that Katherine called her grandchildren late on Tuesday after not speaking with them for days and added that Janet and her brother Jermaine have flown to Arizona to meet with her.
Sandra Ribera, an attorney for Katherine, told the outlet that "the children were able to make contact with their grandmother very late yesterday evening. They are looking forward to being reunited with their grandmother very soon."
The family has been feuding for months with the executors of the late King of Pop's estate, which is reportedly worth $1 billion. Jackson's entire fortune was left to Katherine and his children. Several family members, including Janet, Randy, Tito and Rebbie, had written and signed an undated letter to the executors claiming that the will is fake. Tito said on Tuesday he was retracting his signature.
Katherine has not commented about the situation. It is unclear when precisely she flew to Arizona, but over the weekend, her absence spurred her nephew, Trent Jackson, to report her missing to Los Angeles authorities. She was later found to be in Arizona with other relatives and authorities closed the case.
Perry Sanders, an estate attorney for the matriarch, told ABC News that he plans to go to court on Wednesday to quash a plan that would have called for a temporary guardian for the children. An emergency hearing about the matter is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. Ribera, Sanders and an attorney for former 3T singer TJ Jackson, son of Katherine's son Tito, were present in court that morning.
Ribera told ABC News that Trent, TJ, and Tito's other children have been looking after Jackson's children in Katherine's absence. TJ had Tweeted a message of support to Paris.
Sanders told the outlet that he traveled to Tucson on Tuesday night to meet with Janet and Jermaine and check on Katherine's condition. He said he did not see her in person but that people staying with the matriarch assured him she was OK.
Randy told "Good Morning America" earlier that day that Katherine "is on her way back to Los Angeles," adding: "It was under doctor's orders that she go [away from L.A.]. Her health was really bad, and he wanted her to go somewhere where she couldn't be on the phone, and be cut off from the outside world for a few days."
He did not specify when she is set to return to California.