MICHAEL JACKSON: TITO'S SON NAMED TEMPORARY GUARDIAN OF SINGER'S KIDS
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Michael Jackson saga gets stranger by the day. A judge in Los Angeles is now involved in the affair. He has stripped the pop star's mother of guardianship of Jackson's three children. The temporary guardian is now the son of Tito Jackson, TJ. Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff removed Katherine Jackson as the children's guardian because she had been out of touch with the children for several days. The judge says there's no evidence Mrs. Jackson had done any wrong -- but it appeared she was being kept from fulfilling her role as guardian through what the judge called the "intentional acts of third parties." He didn't elaborate on who those "third parties" might be. Under the ruling TJ will have control over the home where Paris, Prince Michael and Blanket live -- and will take on other supervisory duties. LOS ANGELES (AP) -- She didn't take questions. But Katherine Jackson did make a statement about some of the things that have been going on with members of her family. It happened on "Nightline" -- which showed a tape of her reading a statement surrounded by family members. She denied rumors she had been kidnapped or held against her will. She says she's "fine" -- and that it's "very stupid" for people to believe her own children would do her harm. Mrs. Jackson said she had been out of contact because she gave up her phone and "didn't want to have any phone calls" -- but had been in touch with the children and those caring for them to make sure that they were OK. She says she is "devastated" by the court ruling that stripped her of guardianship of her grandchildren. She says she asked Tito's son TJ not to go to court to gain temporary custody of Paris, Prince Michael and Blanket but he did so against her wishes. Jackson said the decision to strip her of custody was made based on a "bunch of lies."