Despite widely reported rumors, Janet Jackson did not slap Paris Jackson last week.
TMZ, the story’s source, issued a statement Wednesday: “Although we believed the story to be true when we published it, we have now determined it was not correct ... Janet did not slap or otherwise touch Paris, nor did she verbally abuse her.”
The story was perpetuated after Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of domestic violence at Katherine Jackson’s home in Calabasas last Monday. Jackson family members had engaged in a physical fight, a deputy told L.A. Now, not releasing specific names.
Later, when security video footage shot from within the house was leaked, TMZ reported that Janet had slapped Paris and called her a rude name, though the video showed only what appeared to be Janet reaching for the 14-year-old’s phone.