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La Toya Jackson claims that a story that appeared in the New York Post is completely false. It alleges that she has taken control of Michael Jackson’s children’s careers, a claim she steadfastly denies.
Over the weekend, the Post cited a family insider who gave the paper a look at how La Toya and Michael’s children spent last summer, while the rest of the family fought in public over Michael’s estate.
Prince, 16, Paris, 15, and Blanket, 10 and their aunt stayed at the family mansion in Calabasas, California, where they had “lots of ice cream and cookies,” the insider claims. “They needed comfort with everyone showing their wild side, so they watched television together, they listened to music and they talked about what Mike would want. Mostly, it was Toya doing all the talking.”
The paper claims that La Toya signed them to her Ja-Tail Enterprises agency and her first order of business was getting Prince gigs on Entertainment Tonight and 90210. Paris is also going to work on a movie in London.
“Toya’s working it. It’s because [Katherine] can’t say no to her,” another source said.
In a lengthy statement to E! News, La Toya slammed the report, claiming that it was all a fabrication.
“The story in the New York Post is completely and unequivocally false,” her rep told E!. “Neither La Toya nor her company represent any of MJ's children in any legal capacity nor has she received any commissions or payment as a result of their individual ventures. As a loving Aunt, when the children ask for help or advice she supports them 100 percent, and will continue to do so.”
Her rep also denied the Post’s claim that she is trying to sell a reality show about Michael’s children. “Paris did her movie deal over a year ago directly with the production company and La Toya had nothing to do with it.”
However, La Toya did admit that she assisted Prince in getting his ET and 90210 jobs. “When she asked her nephew what he wanted for his birthday he replied, 'He just wanted to work.' It was at the time that she diligently started to assist him with his career and that's when Entertainment Tonight was booked and then 90210.”
Her rep added that they will be looking at legal options to make sure the Post and other publications stop printing false stories.