Home Celebrity Katherine Jackson tells Court About Kidnapping: iPad Taken Away, Room Phone Disconnected

Katherine Jackson had to file an affadavit today with Judge Mitchell Beckloff to explain why she left her three grandchildren without a guardian for 10 days. Mrs. Jackson was restored to co-guardianship with grandson TJ. But she also finally ‘fessed up to what happened to her on that trip to Arizona and it’s not pretty. Jackson tells the court that was supposed to go to New Mexico, but wound up in Tucson. When she got to Miraval Spa, her Ipad was taken away.The phone in her room was unplugged and her television had no picture.

“While there was a telephone in my room, the telephone was not functioning. and I could not dial out,” Mrs. Jackson writes of her stay at Miraval, a very expensive spa with phones in every room. This column was first to report that fact. Miraval may have to answer questions about how they let this go on. The TV didn’t work. An 82 year old woman was cut off from the outside world in their spa against her will. “Despite repeated requests,” she says, the television was never fixed.

Mrs. Jackson also states that she was never informed that Perry Sanders, her attorney, had flown to Tucson to see her. Janet and Jermaine Jackson, who met Sanders at Miraval, refused to let him in. They also told him that certain parts of the hotel had no phones. It was an elaborate lie by them to isolate their mother.

Mrs. Jackson says that she was kept from speaking to Paris, Prince, Blanket and TJ until the night before she left Tucson. “I was permitted” to speak to them, she says. This differs completely from what she told ABC News with Jermaine, Janet and Randy at her side in Tucscon while an ABC News producer recorded her written statement. ABC also agreed not to ask questions. The wording of Mrs. Jackson’s statement certainly suggests that she was under duress. ABC was complicit in trying to get an exclusive. “I trusted the people I was with to be honest with me,” Mrs. Jackson says. They clearly were not.”I never would have gone such a long time without communicating with [my grandchildren].”



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.

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