(LOS ANGELES) — Katherine Jackson, the 82-year-old matriarch of the Jackson music family, has spoken to police, and she is not in danger.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Steve Whitmore has confirmed to ABC News that law enforcement sources have spoken with Katherine Jackson and she is “safe with family members.”
Concern for the elderly Jackson’s whereabouts surfaced after a family member filed a missing person’s report Saturday night at the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station.
Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris then tweeted that her grandmother has been missing for the past week.
“Yes, my grandmother is missing. I haven’t spoken with her in a week I want her home now,” Paris Jackson tweeted.
Jermaine Jackson issued a statement via Twitter early Monday morning saying, “Let me put to bed today’s nonsense: as I made clear some days ago, Mother is safe and well in Arizona with her daughter and our sister, Rebbie, resting up on doctor’s advice, so it is beyond me how she can be reported ‘missing.’”
Jermaine’s statement continues: “This incredulous claim was made for reasons best known to the adults who filed it but it seems no accident that it comes after we, the sons and daughters, put in place care-taking for our own mother, taking her to Arizona in line with doctor’s advice following a check-up.”
He continues, “Furthermore, it dismays me that such an alarmist ‘missing person’ report has caused unnecessary anxiety among Michael’s children who will understandably react to what they misunderstand, hear or are told. No-one is being ‘blocked’ from speaking with Mother. She is merely an 82-year-old woman following doctor’s orders to rest-up and de-stress, away from phones and computers. Everyone has been well aware of this within the family, but I would like to reiterate my reassurance to the outside world that Mother is fine. In the meantime, thank you for all your thoughts and concerns.”
Katherine Jackson reportedly left her home in Calabasas, Calif., on July 15 to fly to Albuquerque, N.M., to watch her four sons in concert. But after that, Paris said she wasn’t able to get in touch with her grandmother. Paris and her siblings have been living with their grandmother since their father died three years ago.
The mystery deepened when Katherine Jackson’s attorney, Sandra Ribera, released a statement saying that Jackson left her home with plans of attending her sons’ concerts, but did not end up going to any of the performances.
“Prior to her departure, a doctor was brought to her home and represented that he had been sent from the office of her longtime physician. Based on this representation, Mrs. Jackson agreed to meet with the doctor who subsequently ordered her to fly rather than drive to her sons’ concerts. Mrs. Jackson followed what she believed to be her doctor’s instructions,” the statement said.
“Moreover, Katherine Jackson’s longtime physician recently confirmed that his office did not send a doctor to Mrs. Jackson’s home last weekend before she left on her trip. It has further been discovered that the doctor that Katherine Jackson last saw has been publicly reprimanded by the California Medical Board for fraudulent activities and has ties to Dr. Conrad Murray,” the statement continued.
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