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Perry Sanders, Katherine Jackson’s lawyer, met with her today. “I am pleased to report that she is fine, and she laughed at the widely publicized report that she had suffered a stroke.” Sanders said their meeting was “long and productive.” Well, that’s good news. But the news of her “stroke” came from a letter signed by five of her children–Randy, Jermaine, Janet, Rebbie and Tito. The latter later recanted. But the others have stuck to that story. The so called “mini-stroke” that was in the letter from those adult children to Michael Jackson’s executors was widely distributed right after Mrs. Jackson was hurried away to Miraval Spa in Tucson.  When her grandchildren saw the letter, they freaked out because they knew no stroke had occurred. And that’s how the chain of events was initiated, with a frightened 14 year old girl demanding to see her grandmother–and calling her uncle Randy a “liar.” Now Mrs. Jackson has lost her guardianship, and Janet Jackson has done ridiculous things in public to harm her image of being “normal.”

Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
3 replies to this post
  1. SallyinChicago: Please do not tell children to hide their family’s dirty laundry. There is far too much of that that goes on. The adults in their lives need to remember how to be responsible, which partially means owning up to what they’ve done wrong. If they can’t handle being revealed in public, they’re either too immature, too evil, or both. Besides, Paris was reacting, in public, to what her own family members had declared, in public. They need positive, honest adults who don’t have anything to hide.

    Whether those family members are right or not about Michael’s will and the executors, they should not have blind-sided the children like that. Also, Katherine should have shown more responsibility and kept in touch with her charges, although I understand why she ran away for a little break. All in all, I think Michael’s children showed a lot of maturity and strength, and conviction in doing the right thing.

  2. Katharine may be in denial. She’s 82. While she looks good, a mini-stroke is very common at that age. At the least, to stop all the confusion, she could have called (or tweeted) the children; or someone should have told the children that she was in Arizona. To say absolutely nothing at all for 9 days is what set this all off.
    But the kids should be cautioned against tweeting the family’s dirty laundry and I’m sure somebody is taking them aside to tell them.

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