Katherine Jackson explains her whereabouts, says guardianship ruling ‘based on a bunch of lies’ | News

In the latest twist in the ongoing Jackson family saga, matriarch Katherine Jackson has finally explained her sudden trip to Arizona while also speaking out against Wednesday’s ruling that made her 34-year-old grandson TJ Jackson the temporary guardian of Michael Jackson’s three children, saying that she is “devastated” that they have been taken from her and that the judge’s ruling was “based on a bunch of lies.”

In a statement televised on ABC’s Nightline, Katherine Jackson — flanked by her children Janet, Jermaine and Rebbie, Rebbie’s daughter Stacy and, oddly, a worker from the Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa where she’d been resting — first confirmed that the rumors saying she’d been kidnapped are false.

“There are rumors going around about me that I have been kidnapped and held against my will. I’m here today to let everybody to know that I’m fine and here with my children and my children would never do a thing like that. … It’s very stupid for people to think that,” she said.

She also said that she hadn’t contacted the family directly because she “didn’t want to have any phone calls” and had given up her phone, instead instructing her assistant to reach out to them.

About the guardianship ruling, she said very frankly that it was “based on a bunch of lies” and that she had “a good idea” of who’s behind them, although she did not elaborate.

“I am devastated that while I’ve been away, that my children, my grandchildren, have been taken away from me, and I’m coming home to see about that,” she said.

“I spoke to my grandson TJ,” she added, “and I told him it wasn’t necessary for him to go down and sign for guardianship. I don’t know who instructed him to do that.”

Katherine Jackson’s attorney said after Wednesday’s hearing that he would move to have her guardianship reinstated upon her return to California.

The 82-year-old Jackson also said that she put everything in order as it concerned the caretaking of her grandchildren before leaving for Arizona, so she is unclear as to how the story became so skewed.

“There’s a lot of lies that have been put out there and I am going home to straighten them out,” she said. “This kind of stuff doesn’t make sense.”

Watch the Nightline piece and read the full transcript of Jackson’s statement below (courtesy of ABC News):

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Transcript of Katherine Jackson statement:

Hello, I’m Katherine Jackson, and there are rumors going around about me that I have been kidnapped and held against my will.

I am here today to let everybody know that I am fine and I am here with my children, and my children would never do a thing to me like that, holding me against my will. It’s very stupid for people to think that.

But anyway, I am devastated that while I’ve been away, that my children, my grandchildren, have been taken away from me, and I’m coming home to see about that, also.

So I spoke to my grandson, TJ, last night, that I left there to be in charge of my children — and I never leave home without leaving them with instructions of who to stay there with them, the nanny and all of them — and someone had let go the cook, the nanny, and also the housekeepers. I don’t know who did that but they don’t have that power and they shouldn’t have done it.

And now, the people are saying they are there with nothing to eat. I am sure they have something to eat but it’s probably not healthy because the cook is not there.

But since I have also been away, my guardianship, which I just said, my children, have been taken away from me, my guardianship has been taken away from me. And, but, I spoke to my grandson TJ and also I spoke to Prince and Paris last night and told him I would be home today and they’re waiting for me to come.

And I told him it wasn’t necessary for him to go down and sign for guardianship. … I don’t know who instructed him to do that — but that’s what, but he wanted me to come home before that happened, but the ruling in court today was about the guardianship and I think it was based on a bunch of lies, but I have a good idea who’s doing that and who’s behind that.

But I am grateful for my children that they saw that I needed rest and they wanted to take me away for a while, just a short vacation and rest up. But one thing I have to say … that I’m here at Miraval. They have taken good care of me and have made sure that I got the rest that I needed.

One reason I haven’t called is I just gave up my phone and I didn’t want to have any phone calls while I was here.

My assistant, Janice Smith, have been calling back home to see how things were going and she had been keeping in contact with my nephew, I mean my grandson, and he says everything is going fine. But I was still thinking about the children and I still worry about them, but they are fine.

Before I left, as I said, I put everything in order with the appropriate people to take care of my children for me and it’s really bad to hear that what’s going on at home, and the children have been taken away — but I know that … I’ll get there in time to get them back. And after I finish this, I will be on my way home.

I have to thank Miraval again for taking very good care of me and making sure I got good rest.

We don’t get much — we saw an electric show because it was lightening and we saw a rainbow.

I had a very good time here — and if anyone wants to rest I think they should come here.

Because there’s a lot of lies that have been put out there and I am going home to straighten them out and this kind of stuff doesn’t make sense. So I want to say goodbye and I am on my way home.