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LOS ANGELES (AP) - The executors of Michael Jackson’s estate said Tuesday they were concerned about the welfare of the singer’s mother and his three children amid a nasty family feud over money that has prompted three law enforcement investigations.
“We are concerned that we do what we can to protect them from undue influences, bullying, greed, and other unfortunate circumstances,” states the letter posted just hours after deputies responded for a family disturbance at the hilltop home where Katherine Jackson and her three grandchildren live.
No arrests were made, but officials say there is an active battery investigation.
Jackson died in June 2009 at age 50 and left his estate to care for his mother and three children. He left nothing to his father or siblings, who have repeatedly tried to intervene in the estate. Several have expressed doubts about the validity of his will.
The video was obtained by “Good Morning America” and celebrity website TMZ.
Katherine Jackson was reported missing over the weekend but later found to be with her daughter Rebbie and other relatives in Arizona. She has not spoken to her grandchildren _ Prince, Paris and Blanket _ since leaving the Los Angeles area on July 15.
Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said the missing person’s investigation into her whereabouts has been closed, as was an inquiry about possible elder abuse of the 82-year-old Jackson family matriarch.
He said deputies interviewed Katherine Jackson after a family business associate warned authorities that she was possibly being emotionally abused by a family member. Whitmore said the elder Jackson emphatically denied the accusations.
He said an abundance of caution has investigators still looking into claims that Katherine Jackson is the subject of financial abuse.
The estate and Katherine Jackson’s guardianship of the children are supervised by a probate judge. The judge recently received a financial summary showing that Michael Jackson’s estate has earned $475 million in gross profits since his death, and many of his major debts have either been resolved or are no longer delinquent.
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