Joe Jackson: Katherine Will Raise Michael's Kids

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The late Michael Jackson had a contentious relationship with his father, who he said abused him mentally and physically. The dude is also kind of insane, so it stands to reason that people don't want him near Michael's children.

Well, he won't be. Much, anyway.

A declaration from Joe Jackson, filed in court this week, makes clear that the family patriarch supports Michael Jackson's decision to make his wife Katherine the legal guardian of his three kids, and that he will keep his distance.

Joe says in the declaration: "I have had a close family relationship with the grandchildren since their birth. I do visit the family residence from time to time and will continue to do so, however I will not be involved in raising the children."

Joe and Michael Jackson in 2005. [Photo: Fame Pictures]

Joe continues, "I understand that all decision-making authority regarding the children will rest with Katherine Jackson. Katherine is a wonderful caretaker and guardian, and has done an excellent job raising our children and other grandchildren."

Katherine Jackson was awarded full custody of Paris, Prince and Blanket at this week's hearing, as stipulated in Michael Jackson's last will, signed in 2002.

Joe seems more or less cool with that, even if he wants to stop by from time to time. He had no further comment on whether Omer Bhatti is Michael's son.

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