A judge today again postponed a hearing on a lawsuit brought by one of Michael Jackson's brothers -- who wants a paternity case default judgment obtained by his former wife set aside -- pending a determination of whether the dispute is a civil or family law issue.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Alan Rosenfield similarly delayed taking any actions in the case during the last court session on May 24 and again on June 25 because he was unsure whether he or a family law judge should hear Randy Jackson's case against ex-spouse Alejandra Jackson. Rosenfield is awaiting a determination from civil court presiding Judge Carolyn Kuhl. He set another hearing for Aug. 21.
Meanwhile, Alejandra Jackson's lawyer, Elizabeth Bell, said she would ask Kuhl for a ruling before the next hearing. Randy Jackson's attorney, Bret Lewis, maintains the civil action is a separate case from the family law matter and asked Rosenfield to set a trial date, but he declined. Bell maintains that the identical issues are pending in the original family law court case and that the latter judge should hear the entire dispute.
Randy Jackson, 50, filed the suit on Jan. 18 against Alejandra Jackson, who also was once married to another of his siblings, Jermaine Jackson. According to the suit, Alejandra Jackson filed a paternity case against Randy Jackson in August 1989 concerning their daughter, Genevieve Jackson.
She maintains he was served with the petition, which he denies, according to the complaint. Alejandra Jackson obtained a default judgment against Randy Jackson in December 1990 with a finding that he was the girl's father and a child support order of $1,200 a month, according to the suit, which says Randy Jackson did not learn of the judgment until county child support officials tried to levy his bank account in July 2008.
Randy Jackson maintains that in place of child support, he and his former wife agreed in October 1993 that he would provide her, Genevieve and her son, Stephen Randall Jackson Jr., with free room and board at the Jackson family's Encino compound until they reached age 18, according to the suit. Genevieve Jackson is now 22 and her brother is 19.
Alejandra Jackson said she did not want to go to court and was satisfied with the financial arrangements given her and her children, according to her ex-husband's court papers. The 1993 agreement was lost for several years, but was located in September 2009 by one of Randy Jackson's attorneys, the suit states.
A demand for acknowledgement and satisfaction of judgment was served on Alejandra Jackson, but she did not accept it and continued living in the Jackson family home for 19 years with her children ``like kings and queens'' until last March, according to the complaint. Randy Jackson -- whose full name is Steven Randall Jackson -- alleges his former wife deliberately failed to tell him about the default judgment so he would not have a chance to defend himself against it. He says more than $5,000 has already been taken from his bank account in satisfaction of the default judgment.