LOS ANGELES — The executors of Michael Jackson’s estate said Tuesday they were concerned about the welfare of the singer’s mother and his three children amid a nasty family feud over money that has prompted three law enforcement investigations.
Executors John Branca and John McClain wrote in a letter posted online to fans of the pop superstar that they were doing everything they can to protect his children.
“We are concerned that we do what we can to protect them from undue influences, bullying, greed, and other unfortunate circumstances,” states the letter posted hours after deputies responded over a family disturbance at the hilltop home where Jackson and her three grandchildren live.
No arrests were made, but officials said there is an active battery investigation.
Jackson, 50, died in June 2009 and left his estate to care for his mother and three children. He left nothing to his father or siblings, who have repeatedly tried to intervene in the estate. Several have expressed doubts about the validity of his will.
Sandra Ribera, an attorney for Katherine Jackson, 82, said authorities were called after the singer’s children were accosted by relatives who followed them into their gated community in Calabasas.
“After exiting their vehicles, Jackson family members ran up to Michael’s children as they yelled and began to aggressively grab at the cellphones in their hands,” Ribera wrote in a statement.
She and sheriff’s officials have not identified who was involved in the incident, but video footage obtained by “Good Morning America” and TMZ appears to show Michael Jackson’s siblings Janet, Randy and Jermaine in the driveway of the home.
Ribera claims “a plan has been in place for the last three years to remove Katherine Jackson from her home and her beloved grandchildren.”
Katherine Jackson was reported missing over the weekend but later found to be with her daughter Rebbie and other relatives in Arizona. She has not spoken to her grandchildren — Prince, Paris and Blanket — since leaving the Los Angeles area July 15.