The Jackson family matriarch, Katherine Jackson, must testify in person in her elder abuse case against nephew Trent Jackson. Yesterday, a Los Angeles County judge ruled that Katherine must appear in person—a sworn statement isn't enough—if she wants her voice heard.
The NY Daily News reports that it was the first day of testimony for her restraining order trial. Judge Rolf Treu said that Katherine must appear live and be cross-examined. Trent claims that the written statement she submitted might have been falsified, her lawyer Joy Bass shared with the NY Daily News. “I’ll have to ask her tonight,” Bass said about the ruling. "I speak to her everyday."
Currently, Katherine is in London to be with daughter Janet and her newborn baby. “She went there to see the baby,” Bass said. “That’s her baby having a baby.” The lawyer added that Katherine is “under a doctor’s care” and is a “vulnerable” senior who shouldn't compromise her health in a live testimony.
Katherine has alleged extensive abuse at the hands of Trent. The 86-year-old claims that her nephew is mishandling her money and trying to keep her estranged from her kids by employing tactics like secretly monitoring her in her own house.
Read more from the first day of trial here.
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