LOS ANGELES — Katherine Jackson is apparently back home, reuniting with Michael Jackson’s children after a judge temporarily took away her guardianship because of her dayslong absence from them.
Paris Jackson tweeted early Thursday morning: “grandma’s here! #thankyougod.” Katherine Jackson’s son Marlon also posted a note on Twitter saying his mother had returned, adding she looked and sounded great.
On Wednesday, a judge removed Katherine Jackson as guardian temporarily and named her grandson Tito Joe “TJ” Jackson as temporary caretaker of the late legend’s three minor children amid a bitter family dispute over Michael Jackson’s estate.
Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff issued the ruling because Katherine Jackson was in Arizona and hadn’t spoken with the children in several days. TJ Jackson now has the ability to control the hilltop home where the children live and to take on other supervision duties.
Katherine Jackson told ABC News that the court ruling was “based on a bunch of lies.”
“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,” she said reading from a prepared statement.
Past rivals return to ‘Dancing’ this season
BEVERLY HILL, Calif. — “Dancing with the Stars” is repeating some steps for its fall season.
An “All-Star” edition of the ABC competition show will bring back 12 former rivals including Pamela Anderson, Kirstie Alley and Bristol Palin.
Former ‘NSync member Joey Fatone and gymnast Shawn Johnson also will be returning, ABC announced Friday.
In a break from the past, viewers can vote online for the 13th contestant from three former contestants including actors Kyle Massey and Sabrina Bryan and celebrity stylist Carson Kressley. Deadline for filling this 13th slot is Aug. 24, with the winning candidate announced on “Good Morning America” three days later.
Brand sentenced to community service
NEW ORLEANS — Actor and comedian Russell Brand must perform 20 hours of community service and pay a $500 court fee to resolve a misdemeanor charge over a confrontation with a photographer in New Orleans, where he was filming a movie in March.
Brand wasn’t in a New Orleans courtroom Thursday when his attorney, Robert Glass, entered a not-guilty plea on his behalf to a charge of simple criminal damage to property. The charge carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail.
Brand turned himself in to police three days after his encounter with a man trying to take his picture. Police said Brand grabbed the man’s phone and threw it at a building, breaking a window.