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Jackson family feud: Did nephew abuse Michael’s mom?

by Alan Duke, Reporter & 'Crime Stories With Nancy Grace' Co-host

Michael Jackson’s mother signed sworn statement alleging that her nephew, who has worked for 15 years as her driver, abused her, stole her money and isolated her from friends and family. The shocking allegations are in a Los Angeles court filing obtained by Crime Online.

Trent Jackson denies the charges and accuses several of Katherine Jackson’s sons and daughters — including Jermaine Jackson — of scheming to get rid of him so they can get closer to the money she inherited from the pop icon.

Read our full story about the Jackson family feud

“He is not an abuser,” his lawyer Ron Rale said of Trent Jackson. “You talk to this guy, he’s a teddy bear.”

Rale is demanding the opportunity to question the 86-year-old Jackson family matriarch under oath before a March 23, 2017 hearing on the request for a permanent restraining order against Trent Jackson

Nancy Grace and Alan Duke discuss the latest Jackson family feud in this episode of “Crime Stories.”

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Alan’s journalism career began as a way to pay for his plan to become a lawyer, but he soon realized being a courtroom reporter was a lot more fun than sitting at a defense table. Duke covered many of the nation’s most sensational crime stories over his 26 years at CNN. Duke’s closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat, much of his time was spent talking to cops, coroners and lawyers. His reporting on the investigation that followed Michael Jackson’s death — and two subsequent trials — included many revelations about the singer’s life and death.   Since leaving CNN in 2014, Duke has contributed to the Reelz Channel “Copycat Killers” documentary series. He is a co-founder and editor-in-chief for LeadStories.com.