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Jermaine Jackson, one of the main players in the family revolt against the Michael Jackson Estate, has officially defected from the rebellion ... mostly.

While he has "deep reservations" about their conduct, Jermaine is bowing out of official efforts to challenge the power of his late brother's executors.

"I rescind my signature from the letter which was sent to the Estate, and which should never have gone public," Jermaine Tweeted Wednesday.

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"I still hold deep reservations about many issues involving the Estate," he adds.

"I will continue to bring scrutiny and a resolute voice wherever we have great cause for concern. But the way to address such matters is through the proper channels and via a private dialogue, not public conflict."

"In this spirit, I offer this statement by way of extending an olive-branch."

That would be long overdue, following their apparent coup attempt to wrest guardianship of Michael's kids away from their grandmother and guardian.

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The Jackson family feud has simmered down somewhat, but relations are still icy as four of Michael's siblings are now banned from their mom's house.

Michael Jackson's kids Prince, Blanket and Paris Jackson - subjects of a bizarre custody feud - are currently staying at Katherine Jackson's L.A. home.

The kids' cousin and temporary guardian, T.J. Jackson, has been advised by lawyers for the Michael Jackson estate on who should not be allowed in.

As such, Jermaine, Randy, Rebbie and Janet Jackson have been 86'd.

Janet, Jermaine

T.J.'s lawyer Charles Shultz says he's instructed the security team accordingly and his actions are "in compliance" with a judge's orders, not arbitrary.

Those on the not-allowed list were either present on July 23 "or in some way participated in the events surrounding that date," Shultz stated.

It was then that Jermaine, Randy and Janet Jackson arrived at Katherine's home and allegedly tried to physically remove Prince, Paris and Blanket.

Randy, Jermaine, Janet and sister Rebbie Jackson have been accused by some of being motivated by money to separate Katherine from the kids.

Michael's will, which left his estate to his children and provided an ample allowance to their guardian (Katherine), obviously stands in their way.

Since Michael's death in 2009, Katherine Jackson had been receiving a monthly allowance of $86,000 as guardian of Prince, Paris and Blanket.

For the time being, that sum goes to T.J. Jackson.

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La Toya Jackson is calling for a truce in the bizarre saga involving her famous family. She's asking that her siblings stop airing the family's dirty laundry in public.

Janet, Jermaine, Rebbie and Randy Jackson have all weighed in on the custody battle surrounding their mother, Katherine, and Michael Jackson's three children.

La Toya is calling on all parties, regardless of which side, to come together and sort it out sensibly - and behind closed doors, away from celebrity gossip sites.

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Also weighing in on the debacle is Michael’s disgraced doctor, Dr. Conrad Murray, who reached out to the maligned Katherine Jackson, 82, from prison.

The man found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of her son has invited Katherine for a jailhouse talk "to answer any questions she may have."

Meanwhile, Katherine, whose whereabouts were undetermined for a brief period, was finally able to meet with her attorney, Perry Sanders, on Thursday night.

Sanders, who was denied access to the matriarch days earlier, plans to have Katherine’s custody of Michael’s three children reinstated as soon as possible.

Since her grandmother’s return, Paris Jackson, 14, has been sending late-night tweets, raising red flags about the toll this stressful situation is taking.

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Katherine Jackson is resting safely at home and has even agreed to split guardianship of her grandchildren with TJ Jackson.

So all is relatively calm on this family's front, right? Very wrong.

Randy Jackson went off on a Twitter rant this afternoon, accusing the executors of his brother's will of an assassination plot against his mom.

Randy Jackson on Stage

"It is my fear and belief, that they are trying to take my mother’s life," Randy wrote of those in charge of Michael's estate, adding that they are attempting to "isolate Katherine just like they did to Michael, in order to propagate their lies, financial agendas and to protect a fraudulent will."

And that's what it all comes down to for Randy, sources say: he is not mentioned in his brother's will and many believe he will go to any length necessary to change that.

"It is clear that anyone who stands up against the Executors of the Estate - John Branca, John McClain and their attorney Howard Weitzman - is denied access to my mother."

What an absolute mess. Try to rest in peace, Michael, even as your family makes that very difficult.

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It looks like the Jackson family drama may be coming to an end. Kind of. Sort of. But probably not.

A day after she returned to her grandchildren in California, and a couple days after TJ Jackson was granted temporary custody of Prince, Paris and Blanket, Katherine Jackson has agreed to share legal guardianship of Michael's three kids.

A court filing is expectde to take place next week.

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"That pleading will essentially now legally reflect how Mrs. Jackson and TJ have often shared responsibilities of raising the children since Michael Jackson's tragic passing," Katherine's attorney, Perry Sanders, tells TMZ.

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Conrad Murray is sitting in prison after being convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson.

Yet this doctor somehow thinks he's the one who can fix the ongoing Jackson family saga, which has centered around contention over the late singer's will and the whereabouts of his mother, Katherine Jackson, for nearly two weeks now.

Katherine is now back at home with her grandchildren, but even young Prince Jackson is suspicious over why she was taken by other relatives in the first place.

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"I've been told that she has a desire to speak with me before she departs this life," Murray said in a statement released to CNN through his attorneys. "Seeing that she is up in age and in questionable health, and the fact that she is the mother of a very dear departed friend, it would give me great pleasure to sit with her one on one and answer any questions she might have."

Katherine Jackson spoke out this week and claimed she simply needed a vacation, but major questions still surround the situation, namely: Why didn't she contact her grandkids while away?

"I do not want Mrs. Jackson to suffer. She remains as dear to me as my own mother, unbeknownst to her," Murray added, saying Katherine is on his prison visitor list and referring to her as "extremely sad."

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grandma's here! #thankyougod.

So Paris Jackson Tweeted this morning, expressing gratitude that Katherine Jackson returned home after 10 days apart from the three children for whom she had been serving as legal guardian.

But the scandal surrounding this 82-year old, her extended disappearance and the alleged plot surrounding her children trying to change Michael Jackson's will is far from over.

Prince Jackson and Paris Jackson

Prince Jackson actually got involved in the saga today, posting a text message from July 23 on Twitter today that reads: "This is enough so I am texting you for the simple fact that WE DEMAND TO SPEAK TO MY GRANDMA NOW!!!"

The creepy response appears to be from Janet Jackson and it says: "Don't let them pls."

Prince goes on to bash the relatives that supposedly took Katherine from her California home - led by uncle Randy Jackson - and writes:

"Although I am happy my grandma was returned, after speaking with her I realized how misguided and how badly she was lied to. I’m really angry and hurt. For this whole time, they denied us contact to our grandmother. If you continue with your lies I will continue with the truth.”

Katherine Jackson spoke out last night for the first time and claimed she just needed a brief vacation. But her state in the interview and the fact that she never made contact with Prince, Paris and Blanket raise many questions over just what the heck has been going on.

Conclude Prince, the oldest of MJ's three kids: "As long as I can remember my dad had repeatedly warned me of certain people and their ways."

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Katherine Jackson has spoken out for the first time since she abruptly left her home in California for a supposedly doctor-recommended vacation in Arizona.

Considering the 82-year old mother of Michael Jackson, and legal guardian of his three kids, did not speak to her grandchildren during her time away, there's been talk that Katherine was taken/held against her will.

But she claims that wasn't the case.

"There are rumors going around about me that I have been kidnapped," Jackson told ABC News. "I am here today to let everybody to know that I am good and fine. My children would never do anything to me like that."

But would they? Perhaps if they were upset over MJ's will and hoping to use Katherine to challenge its authenticity?

Why did Katherine leave three young kids at home without supervision? Reading from a script and sounding confused, she said she just needed a "short vacation," adding: "One reason I didn't call is I just gave up my phone and I didn't want to have any phone calls while I was here."

So... she simply abandoned 14-year old Paris Jackson and her two siblings? It's a VERY odd, likely very sordid situation.

"I am devastated that while I've been away, my grandchildren have been taken away from me, and I'm coming home," Katherine concluded.

In the meantime, TJ Jackson has been named temporary guardian of Paris, Prince and Blanket.

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TJ Jackson, the nephew of Michael Jackson, has been named by a court as the temporary guardian of MJ's three kids, Paris, Prince and Blanket.

The legal maneuver was necessary because Katherine Jackson - who has served in this capacity for the past three years - has been out of contact with the children for over 10 days now, since a few of her kids took her away to Arizona.

Michael Jackson Kids on X Factor

"This is not a power play by TJ Jackson," L.A. Superior Court Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff said at an emergency hearing. "This is based on the allegation that Katherine Jackson is being prevented from acting as guardian."

Katherine's attorney was also present and said there's "reason to believe" her client is "being held against her will."

But that is supposedly changing now, as Randy Jackson appeared today on Good Morning America and said his mother is on her way back to California.

It appears as though Randy's scheme - to convince his mom to challenge the authenticity of Michael's will because he's upset it does not name him or any siblings as benefactors - has fallen apart and he is being forced to cave in to public pressure.

Last night, Marlon Jackson broke down during an interview, pleading to learn the whereabouts of his mother.

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Here is the latest in the ever-growing Jackson family saga:

With Katherine Jackson supposedly safe and sound in Arizona, Marlon, Tito and Jackie Jackson appeared on The Insider yesterday and expressed consternation and anger over the whereabouts of their mother.

Marlon Jackson on The Insider

"We've been told that our mother is safe," Marlon told Kevin Frazier. "She's doing well. But we have not spoken to her. We have not talked to her and I don't know where my mother is."

The brother of Michael Jackson then choked up and grew animated. He lashed out:

"All I know is she is in Arizona, and whatever doctor is saying I can't talk to my mother you call ME!"

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