Friday 19 January 2018

Court to check on Paris and siblings

Paris Jackson
Paris Jackson

Orla Healy

The Jackson family might genuinely believe that 15-year-old Paris is bouncing back nicely after her recent suicide attempt, but the authorities in LA aren't taking any chances.

The Jackson family might genuinely believe that 15-year-old Paris is bouncing back nicely after her recent suicide attempt, but the authorities in LA aren't taking any chances.

Documents leaked last week reveal that a judge for the Superior Court of the State of California has signed off on the appointment of a special investigator to look into the emotional and physical welfare of Paris and her brothers Prince Michael, 16, and 11-year-old Blanket.

A review of each child's medical records, to be followed by a series of individual interviews, is expected to begin as early as next week to determine if changes need to be made to the current guardianship arrangement being managed by their grandmother Katherine and uncle TJ – the issue some are suggesting may well be behind the "emotional meltdown" that landed Paris in hospital, where she remains this weekend under observation.

According to multiple sources, friction between Paris and her grandmother has been on the rise since the start – seven weeks ago – of Katherine Jackson's high-stakes legal action against AEG Live. Mrs Jackson claims the concert promoter is responsible for the untimely death of her son after it failed to adequately vet Dr Conrad Murray, who was ultimately convicted of involuntary manslaughter after administering a fatal shot of Propofol to Michael Jackson. AEG, which stands to lose millions of dollars if found negligent, contends that Jackson hid his addictions from everyone and argues that it can't be held responsible for his reckless use of the hospital grade anaesthetic as a sleep aid.

Paris had apparently hoped to escape the tumultuous atmosphere at home by going to spend the summer with her biological mother Debbie Rowe, who lives on a remote farm outside LA. When that plan failed to pan out, sources say, Paris snapped.

In the last few days, the teenager has reportedly refused to allow either her grandmother or Rowe to visit her in hospital where, according to a source who talked to E! News: "She's not holding anything back to the doctors. She's speaking her mind and leaving nothing on the table. For a family that's been so private throughout the years, she's dishing all the details."

AEG, perhaps worried it might shoulder some of the blame for Paris's health woes, want it understood that it has never asked the teen to testify. "Our intention has never been to call Paris," says AEG Live attorney Marvin Putnam. "It was the plaintiff who announced that she was on their witness list, and even confirmed they might call her after the tragic incidents."

Reps for the Jackson family insist Paris is on the mend but have yet to issue a comment on whether or not she will be called to the stand.


News that Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux have put their wedding on hold due to work and home commitments raised plenty of eyebrows. But that was before anyone saw the amount of work the couple are undertaking on the sprawling $21m Bel Air estate they moved into last weekend.

Aniston, who shares a renovation-junkie gene with BFF Courtney Cox, is project-managing the team rebuilding the 8,500 sq ft house which, according to public records filed with the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety, will feature a retractable roof and a state-of-the-art indoor gym.

Justin, predictably, gets a man cave while Aniston, unpredictably, gets to keep an old chicken coop on the 3.5- acre property.

"They're very social animals, and they like it when you visit them with a cup of coffee in your hand," Aniston told a reporter.

"According to my grounds-keeper, they love pasta."

The house, once owned by Quincy Jones, also boasts separate guest quarters, an infinity swimming pool, wine cellar, projection room and a private vineyard.

Unlike Brad and Angelina, whose South of France vineyard recently sold out of Miraval Rose 2012, Aniston and Theroux sound as if they might be growing grapes for kicks. The couple also applied for planning permission to install a marguerita-mixing machine that looks like a water fountain close by.


Gwyneth Paltrow may have left it a little late to worry about controlling her image. The actress is asking friends not to co-operate with reporters from Vanity Fair magazine whom, she fears, might be cooking up a less than flattering look at her swift transition from "Most Beautiful Woman in the World" (People magazine) to "Hollywood's Most Irritating Celebrity" (Star magazine).

Paltrow, who turned down VF's request for an interview (perhaps after reading fairly harsh recent cover stories on Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt), was apparently shocked when editors from the magazine said they intended to go ahead with the piece with or without her consent – a reaction, publishing insiders point out, that won't exactly help dispel the notion that she has become too big for her boots.


Hillary Clinton unlocked a self-deprecating sense of humour along with her Twitter handle when she debuted on the social media platform on Monday.

In a nod to Adam Smith and Stacy Lambe's short-lived but viral Tumblr "Texts from Hillary", Clinton is using their commanding photo of herself in super-sized sunglasses aboard a military transport plane as her avatar.

Her first 160-character message also nods to the meme: "Thanks for the inspiration..." she wrote. "I'll take it from here."

Unsurprisingly, Hillary is getting most traction from her bio which is being praised as a gem for its brevity and broad political appeal. Describing herself as a "wife, mom, lawyer, women & kids' advocate, FLOAR [First Lady of Arkansas], FLOTUS, [First Lady of the United States], US senator, SecState, author, dog owner, hair icon, pantsuit aficionado, glass ceiling cracker", Hillary wrapped up with a killer wink to her future plans by simply writing: "TBD."

Irish Independent

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