Paris Jackson denies reports she fell asleep while driving
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UPDATE: After denying a TMZ report which claimed she recently attempted suicide, Paris Jackson — the sole daughter of Michael Jackson — has been faced with a number of additional accusations she claims are untrue.
On Monday morning, outlets including Daily Mail and Hot New Hip Hop reported that the 20-year-old had fallen asleep at the wheel while driving, after a number of photos surfaced of her with her eyes closed in a car.
Jackson took to Twitter to refute these allegations. She wrote that she was parked at a gas station “waiting” for her “boyfriend to pump gas,” adding that she simply closed her eyes to listen to her favourite song.
She pointed her fingers at the paparazzi, suggesting that they picked the perfect angle to “accuse [her] of falling asleep at the wheel.”
Since the release of HBO’s documentary, Leaving Neverland — the Michael Jackson exposé — the young Jackson has been fighting to defend herself from numerous online tabloids.
“This past week, it’s been nonstop bulls**t, I’m so sick of it,” she concluded in another tweet posted on Monday evening.
ORIGINAL STORY: Paris Jackson, the daughter of late pop icon Michael Jackson, angrily lashed out at a TMZ report over the weekend that claimed she had attempted suicide. The gossip site said that the younger Jackson had tried to take her own life due to public reaction against her father in the wake of documentary Leaving Neverland.
Jackson angrily tweeted at the celebrity site, saying “f**k you you f**king liars” almost immediately after the story was posted. Shortly after, she posted another tweet featuring question marks and a frowning emoji.
The story claimed that the 20-year-old was in “stable condition.” Sourcing family members and law-enforcement officials, TMZ initially reported that Jackson was placed on psychiatric hold, but later said that she was released from hospital.
A source told People magazine that “Paris had an accident this morning that required medical treatment. She is currently resting at home and doing fine.”
Additionally, a public information officer from the Los Angeles Police Department told People that Jackson was transported to hospital for a suicide attempt.
“At about 7:28 a.m., officers responded to the 7200 block of Hillside [Jackson’s home address] for an ambulance attempt suicide,” said Tony Im with the LAPD. “The victim was transported to a local hospital.”
WATCH BELOW: Paris Jackson vaguely defends her father
Over the past two weeks, following the release of the doc, there has been much blowback regarding the singer and his past alleged behaviour with young boys. After people online asked her opinion about the doc, she explained in a now-deleted tweet on March 14 that it’s “not her role” to defend her father.
She also tweeted that “there’s nothing I can say that hasn’t already been said.”
The Michael Jackson estate has filed a lawsuit against TV network HBO, saying Leaving Neverland violates a deal to not disparage the singer.
Jackson has struggled with mental health issues in the past, and most recently entered treatment in mid-January of this year. Reports of her attempting suicide go back as far as 2013, when she was only 15 years old.
If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, resources are available. In case of an emergency, please call 911 for immediate help.
The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, Depression Hurts and Kids Help Phone (1-800-668-6868) all offer ways of getting help if you, or someone you know, is suffering from mental health issues.
— With files from Adam WallisFollow @CJancelewicz
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