The mounting problems in Michael Jackson's clan just got uglier. Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies responded yesterday to a report of a disturbance at the Jackson family home in Calabasas, where a family member accused another of assault, reports TMZ. No other details were available. The incident follows a tangled web of accusations and family squabbling concerning the late singer's estate. Jackson's siblings last week accused estate executors—who aren't family members—of fraud, and of "abusing" matriarch Katherine Jackson, 82. She dropped from sight over the weekend, frightening Michael Jackson's children. But she explained to authorities investigating a missing person's report that she was staying with a daughter in Arizona to rest.
County police have been investigating claims of "exploitation" of Katherine Jackson since April, authorities tell the Los Angeles Times. A family business associate made the accusation, says sheriff spokesman Steve Whitmore. Jackson has denied the claim, but the investigation is continuing, says Whitmore. The battery report involving family members does not appear to be directly linked to the exploitation accusation, he adds. He didn't name those involved, and said that no arrests were made.