LOS ANGELES - A very public dispute between members of the Jackson family was caught on surveillance tape, CNN reports. The dispute was over the whereabouts of Katherine Jackson.
The 82-year-old matriarch of the Jackson music dynasty had suddenly left the home she shares with Michael Jackson's three children on July 15.
Although a sheriff's investigation concluded she is safe in Arizona, Katherine Jackson has not contacted her grandchildren since.
According to CNN, three sources with knowledge of the incident said Michael Jackson's siblings, Janet, Jermaine and Randy Jackson attempted to convince Jackson's two oldest children to leave their grandmother's home with them Monday, but Paris and Prince refused.
Due to the sensitivity of the matter, the sources have asked not to be identified.
The surveillance video shows Janet Jackson trying to take a cell phone away from Paris Jackson at the Calabasas, Ca., home. The three sources said Janet Jackson scolded her niece for using her phone to write about family issues on Twitter.
14-year-old Paris posted a Twitter message at around the same time: "gotta love fam."
Prince, 15, is seen walking into the home's security office away from his Uncle Randy. Paris soon followed. Janet and Randy Jackson apparently recorded the incident with their cell phones. Minutes later, sheriff deputies broke up an altercation involving Randy and Jermaine Jackson and their cousin Trent Jackson, who works for their mother, according to several people who witnessed it.
Although a battery report was taken and an investigation is ongoing, no one was arrested, Los Angeles County sheriff's spokesperson Steve Whitmore said. The brawl happened after Los Angeles County Sheriff's detectives closed a missing persons case opened for Katherine Jackson.
The detectives found the grandmother with her daughter Rebbie in Arizona. "Katherine Jackson has been located and she is fine and with family," Whitmore said. "Our missing persons case is closed."
He adds that deputies spoke to two family members and were satisfied. However, Katherine Jackson's lawyer Sandra Ribera was not satisfied.
Ribera said the sheriff's deputies who attempted to speak to Jackson in Arizona were blocked from seeing her Monday.
Attorney Sandra Ribera hopes the FBI will investigate the case since her client was taken across state lines.
Jermaine Jackson posted a statement on Twitter Sunday night, saying his mother "is safe and well in Arizona with her daughter and our sister, Rebbie, resting up on doctor's advice."
But Michael Jackson's three children still have not heard from their grandmother, eight days after she left them at home, Ribera said.
"8 days and counting . something is really off , this isn't like her at all .. i wanna talk directly to my grandmother!!<|3" Paris tweeted Monday.
Jermaine Jackson's statement maintained that the children were not "being 'blocked' from speaking with Mother."
He tweeted, "she is merely an 82-year-old woman following doctor's orders to rest up and de-stress, away from phones and computers."
Still, it is unclear why Paris was denied any communication with her grandmother on the phone.
The sheriff’s department is now investigating allegations that Jackson was being "emotionally and financially mistreated by family members."
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