Janet Jackson wasn’t a nasty girl after all.
The “Control” singer kept her composure and didn’t slap niece Paris Jackson during a tense confrontation at the Jackson family home last week, despite an earlier report to the contrary.
Celebrity website TMZ.com said Wednesday that it mistakenly reported a physical altercation between Janet, 46, and the King of Pop’s 14-year-old daughter, Paris.
TMZ published an anonymously sourced story July 24 saying Janet smacked Paris across the cheek and called the teen a “spoiled little b—-” on July 23 after the singer tried but failed to grab Paris’ cell phone.
“Although we believed the story to be true when we published it, we have now determined it was not correct,” TMZ said Wednesday. “Janet did not slap or otherwise touch Paris, nor did she verbally abuse her.”
Janet had visited the Calabasas, Calif., house with brothers Randy and Jermaine to speak to Paris and her two brothers during a bizarre public battle over the health and whereabouts of beloved matriarch Katherine Jackson, the entertainers’ mother.
Sheriff’s deputies responded to a “family disturbance” at the residence that afternoon and took a report of an alleged assault, a department spokesman told the Daily News. The spokesman said the physical altercation in question did not involve Michael’s kids.
One of Katherine’s lawyers released a statement within hours saying Michael’s siblings “stormed” the house, acting erratically, and TMZ posted surveillance video showing Janet grabbing for Paris’ phone on an outdoor walkway.
The News picked up the TMZ report saying Janet slapped and cursed out Paris and included a denial from a source who spoke to Randy.
“He told me that the incident was nothing,” the Randy source told The News. “I highly doubt Janet said anything like that to Paris. That is not her opinion of her niece. She thinks she’s pretty terrific. No one thinks they’re spoiled. They just want what’s best for them.”
A rep for Janet never responded to multiple requests for comment.
Katherine, 82, returned to Calabasas late last week after a judge suspended her guardianship of Michael’s kids because she disappeared for nine days on an unannounced trip to an Arizona spa organized by Randy, Jermaine, Janet and their sister Rebbie.
While Katherine was away, the four siblings sent a sharply worded letter to the executors of Michael’s lucrative estate accusing them of fraud.
The executors denied the allegations.
Katherine is expected to file court paperwork this Thursday asking for a new permanent guardianship agreement in which she shares responsibility for Michael’s kids with grandson TJ Jackson, the 34-year-old son of Michael’s brother Tito Jackson.