By Sowmya Krishnamurthy
Amid the Jackson family drama over Michael Jackson's estate and the custody of his children, reports surfaced that Janet Jackson had at one point, verbally abused and slapped Michael' daughter Paris. Now those claims are being rescinded by the same outlet that broke them.
TMZ shared a statement, "Although we believed the story to be true when we published it, we have now determined it was not correct ... Janet did not slap or otherwise touch Paris, nor did she verbally abuse her."
Last week, details emerged about a huge melee at the home of Katherine Jackson, Michael's mother. At the time, sources shared with TMZ that Randy, Jermaine and Janet Jackson entered the home uninvited and then tried to coerce Michael's children into coming with them to Arizona where their grandmother and guardian Katherine had been staying. Paris resisted the intervention and things allegedly got violent. This is when Janet was reported as slapping Paris and yelled, "You're a spoiled little bitch!" to which Paris responded with a slap and told Janet, "This is our house. Not the Jackson family house. Get the f--k out!"
It's clear that this very public drama has several layers and much of the goings on are left to speculation. A few days ago, Katherine and Michael's children seemed to put aside their differences with the rest of the family for the moment by attending the Unity tour in Saratoga, NY where Jackson brothers Marlon, Tito, Jackie and Jermaine were touring.