July 11, 2013
By Courtney Jacobs
Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper
A Utah substance abuse treatment center has reportedly refused to accept Paris Jackson, the 15-year-old daughter of pop music icon Michael Jackson, for treatment of behavior disorders, according to news reports.
According the website TMZ, a rehabilitation center in Utah that has not been identified, rejected the request of the Jackson girl’s mother for admission, citing the prospects of disruptive attention from media, especially paparazzi, on the treatment facility.
Jackson has been hospitalized since June 5 after what California first responders described as an apparent suicide attempt. She was treated for what appeared to be self-inflicted cuts on her wrists and for ingestion of a possible hazardous amount of pain-killers at UCLA Medical Center, the same place where her father was pronounced dead four years ago.
Jackson’s mother Debbie Rowe, in a Twitter post, said, “My daughter has asked that I extend a huge thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers and support. She is strong like her father.”