(LOS ANGELES) — One of the most shocking developments in the ongoing Jackson family saga was the claim made by TMZ that Janet Jackson had publicly slapped her niece Paris Jackson and called her a “spoiled little bitch,” and that Paris had slapped Janet back. At the time, Janet’s brother Randy Jackson denied such an altercation had taken place, and now TMZ has retracted its story.
TMZ has issued a statement saying, “Janet Jackson did not slap or verbally abuse Paris Jackson during a confrontation at the Jackson family home in Calabasas last week. … Although we believed the story to be true when we published it, we have now determined it was not correct … Janet did not slap or otherwise touch Paris, nor did she verbally abuse her.”
The alleged incident took place last Monday night, July 23, when the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department responded to a “family disturbance” at the Jackson family home. There were reports that Randy, Jermaine Jackson and Janet showed up, broke through a security gate and apparently tried to take Paris and her brothers Prince Michael and Blanket. At the time, Sandra Ribera, a lawyer for Katherine Jackson, described the scene as “chaos,” and also claimed that Janet grabbed Paris’ cell phone.
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