Michael Jackson children just like normal kids, says attorney
Michael Jackson kids -- Prince, Paris, and Blanket -- are normal kids full of fun and pranks, according to lawyer.
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A rundown on their activities since Michael's death:
JOE JACKSON: Joe has been the family's wild card. He has criticized prosecutors for not filing stronger charges against Murray, accused concert promoter AEG Live of wrongdoing and has given interviews that promoted his own business ventures in the days after his son's death.
He is battling Michael's estate, seeking more than $15,000 a month, even though Michael Jackson omitted his father from his will and trust. The singer also excluded him from guardianship duties, and Joe filed a declaration stating he would not play a primary role in raising his grandchildren.
The move was not altogether surprising, considering Michael's strained relationship with Joe. Michael said at one point that he used to get physically sick at the sight of his father.
Joe has attended every court hearing involving Murray's prosecution.
Now nearly 81, he is likely to remain a constant figure in his son's post-death affairs. He is expected to sue Murray for his son's death and is appealing the legitimacy of the executors of his son's estate, which pays his wife and grandchildren more than $86,000 a month.
Michael's brothers and sisters were also omitted from his will.
JANET JACKSON: The highest-profile living member of the Jacksons continued to balance acting and singing over the past year. She put out a greatest hits album with a couple of new tracks to lackluster sales, but had success with her starring role in the movie "Why Did I Get Married Too?" Janet has also been cast in the film adaptation of the Ntozake Shange play, "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf," and is writing a book detailing her yearslong battle with weight. "It's not an autobiography, even though it gives anecdotes throughout my life. ... It talks about self-esteem as well, and acceptance from within," she said in a recent interview. Janet was seen on the finale of "American Idol"; in July, she will perform at the annual Essence Festival in New Orleans.
TITO JACKSON: Tito participated in the short-lived reality show "The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty." He has been touring with a blues band — he plays guitar — with planned stops in Japan, China and New York. His sons, who are in their 20s, have become close to Michael's children, says Streisand, who describes them as "smart, loving and supportive young gentlemen." Tito joined the family in court for Murray's arraignment.