By Jen Heger – Radar Assistant Managing Editor
Katherine Jackson tried to fire the bodyguards who protect Michael Jackson‘s three young children and boot nephew Trent from her swanky rental mansion after embarrassing surveillance video showing Janet Jackson embroiled in a scuffle with her niece, Paris, was released to the media, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.
“Janet and Jermaine were absolutely livid and incensed that security video from the house which clearly shows Janet getting into an altercation with Paris was released,” a source close to the situation tells RadarOnline.com . “They told Katherine that she needed to fire the security detail and toss Trent out of the house immediately.
“However, Katherine doesn’t have the authority to fire the bodyguards because they are hired and paid for by Michael Jackson’s Estate solely to protect Prince, Paris and Blanket. Security and all bills are paid for by the Estate and there was no way the bodyguards were going to leave the kids, period. Trent Jackson’s name is also on the lease of the house, and it’s a rental, so Katherine has no authority to order him to leave. The Estate of Michael Jackson pays the monthly rent on the house and it is up to them to decide who lives there.”
As RadarOnline.com was first to report — and as was captured on surveillance video broadcast on Good Morning America earlier this week — Janet physically tried to take Paris’ cell phone from her and the children watched in horror as Jermaine and Randy got into a physical altercation with Trent, who is Joe Jackson’s nephew.
“Jermaine, Randy and Janet all went over to the house to try and get the kids to go to Arizona, and they refused to go. Janet was demanding to know where their passports were, for who knows what reason. The kids just wanted to talk to their grandmother and they don’t trust their aunts and uncles. Katherine finally talked to the kids on Tuesday night, after almost 10 days of silence, and it actually caused even more concern for Paris because Katherine seemed to be slurring her words and didn’t sound like herself,” the source added.
Meanwhile, Randy Jackson has embarked on a tirade against the executors of Michael’s Estate, accusing them of being responsible for Katherine being stripped of custody of the kids.
“It’s absolutely laughable,” the source says. “This is the same person that claims Michael Jackson’s 2002 will is a fake as none of his siblings are included, yet fails to acknowledge that Jackson’s previous will that he made in 1997 also provided for Michael’s children and mother only. Michael’s siblings were never left anything in ANY of his wills.
“It was the actions of Janet, Jermaine and Randy, who took their mother out of town and made her unavailable to the children who were in her care, that led to Katherine being stripped of custody. It’s time for them to take responsibility for their actions. The Jacksons aren’t above the law and Judge Mitchell Beckloff will make sure the kids get to live in an environment free of violence, drama and turmoil.”