Katherine Jackson talks exclusively to 9 On Your Side
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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Michael Jackson's mother Katherine Jackson talks exclusively to Nine On Your Side and ABC News Wednesday, saying she was taking time to rest in Tucson.
The family drama unfolded about 10 days ago with Mrs. Jackson reported missing by her own family.
The story took a new turn when Pima County Sheriff's Deputies confirmed she was in fact in Pima County.
Jackson spoke to KGUN9 with her family around her. From the Miraval Resort in Catalina, Jackson said she has still had contact with her grandchildren. Jackson reportedly spoke with them last night and said her assistant had constant communication with them before that.
Jackson also wanted to address the rampant rumors circulating across the Internet that she had been kidnapped and was being held against her will. With her children by her side, Jackson read a prepared statement saying, she's fine.
"There are rumors going around about me that I have been kidnapped and held against my will," Katherine Jackson said. "I am here today to let everybody to know that I am fine."
"My children would never do a thing to me like that, holding me against my will," she added. "It's very stupid for people to think that."
In response to a court ruling temporarily removing custody of her grandchildren, Jackson said the ruling was based on lies. "There's a lot of lies that have been put out there and I am going home to straighten them out, and this kind of stuff doesn't make sense."
The family is on its way back to California, where earlier in the day Jackson lost custody temporarily of Michael Jackson's three children.
Hear more on what she has to say about the drama on KGUN 9 On Your Side at 10. In addition, ABC News will have a full report, including the complete Jackson interview, on Nightline, following KGUN9 News at 10.