Paris Jackson ‘Safe and Doing Fine,’ Say Family Members
(LOS ANGELES) -- Paris Jackson, the teenage daughter of the late Michael Jackson, is “physically fine and is getting appropriate medical attention” after an apparent suicide attempt in which a police radio dispatcher indicated a girl of the same age at her address had used pills and a knife.
The audio of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s radio dispatch, obtained by ABC News, begins by stating the Calabasas, Calif., address where the daughter of Michael Jackson, 15, lives, and then explains that an unspecified 15-year-old female “ODd on 20 Motrin and cut her arm with a kitchen knife.”
Several entertainment websites reported emergency responders were called to the home after a Paris Jackson suicide attempt, but that could not be confirmed by ABC News. Entertainment Tonight cited Debbie Rowe, Paris Jackson’s mother, as a source.
A Jackson family lawyer, Perry Sanders, did not specify the nature of the emergency in a written statement.
“Being a sensitive 15-year-old is difficult no matter who you are,” the statement said. “It is especially difficult when you lose the person closest to you [her father]. Paris is physically fine and is getting appropriate medical attention. Please respect her privacy and the family’s privacy.”
Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon and Tito Jackson — Michael Jackson’s brothers and Paris Jackson’s uncles — echoed the sentiment.
“Thank you for the outpouring of concern and support for Paris. She is safe and doing fine,” they said in a statement. “We truly appreciate you respecting our family’s privacy at this time.”
Rowe also released a statement: “We appreciate everyone’s thoughts for Paris at this time and their respect for the family’s privacy.”
The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a 911 call from Paris Jackson’s Calabasas, Calif. home at 1:27 a.m., KABC in Los Angeles reported.
An emergency at the same time at an unspecified home on Jackson’s street also included Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station deputies of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the sheriff’s department said in a prepared statement, and, “as a result, medical treatment was provided to a patient, who was transported to a hospital.”
Since the death of their father in 2009, Paris and her two brothers have been living much more public lives.
Late Tuesday night PT, just before the emergency, Jackson tweeted, “i wonder why tears are salty?” and in a tweet an hour later she quoted the Beatles, writing, “yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away now it looks as though they’re here to stay.”
According to People magazine, Paris Jackson has been seen spending more time with her biological mother, Rowe. The magazine reported that Rowe came to watch Paris Jackson in her school play, and Jackson has spent time at Rowe’s horse ranch in Palmdale, Calif.
“Paris has been going through a lot of teenage angst and feels a little bit unloved,” a source told the magazine in April. “Three months ago Paris reached out to her mother and told her she wanted to establish a relationship with her. Debbie was open to it and [Jackson's guardian and grandmother] Katherine Jackson is supportive.”
Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio