The controversial patriarch of the Jackson family has agreed to butt out of parenting duties when it comes to his son Michael Jackson's children. In a court declaration obtained by TMZ, Joe Jackson admits he may see the kids occasionally, but makes it clear he won't interfere with wife Katherine Jackson's authority in raising Prince Michael, Paris and Blanket. Read the full statement after the jump.
"I have had a close family relationship with these grandchildren since their birth. I do visit the family residence from time to time and will continue to do so, however I will not be involved in raising the children."
He continues, "I understand that all decision-making authority regarding the children will rest with Katherine Jackson. Katherine Jackson is a wonderful caretaker and guardian, and has done an excellent job raising our children and other grandchildren."