An attorney for Katherine Jackson’s nephew said Thursday he wants the Jackson family matriarch, who’s currently in London, to be ordered to testify next week before a Los Angeles judge tasked with deciding whether to extend a temporary restraining order against his client.
Ronald Rale said Trent Lamar Jackson has a right to have his counsel cross-examine Katherine Jackson, whose lawyer, Julianna Edwards, has said her 86-year-old client will not return home until the order is extended.
Rale said his best hope is that Trent and Katherine Jackson sit down outside of court and discuss their differences.
“He loves his aunt, he cares for his aunt,” Rale said.
Katherine Jackson’s attorneys maintain her sworn declaration can be used in lieu of her testimony. Her other attorney, Joy Bass, said it is unfair to try and force an elderly woman to court who has has made it clear she wants her nephew to say away.
“It makes no sense, she’s asked him to leave,” Bass said. “It’s more of the abuse.”
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu asked for briefs from both sides on whether Katherine Jackson can be required to testify in person. He also asked for a list of witnesses and an estimate of the length of their testimony.
The TRO was granted in February. Court papers submitted on behalf of Katherine Jackson allege that her nephew wanted to maintain control of her finances and live in her guest house without having to pay rent.
The papers also allege that family members have witnessed ongoing abuse by her nephew, who once worked as her driver and is the son of Luther Jackson, brother of her ex-husband Joe Jackson.
Trent Jackson was ordered under the TRO to return all keys, passwords and combinations for his aunt’s property and to stop obtaining access to her bank accounts. He also has been ordered to remain 100 yards from her and to not enter the gated community where she resides.
Rale has called his client “a teddy bear” who was personally hired by Michael Jackson before he died to protect his mother. He said his client is concerned that his aunt felt she even had to make the trip to London.
Rale said his client has moved out of Katherine Jackson’s property.
—City News Service