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TMZ Retracts Janet Jackson Abuse Story

Every once in a while, TMZ gets a story wrong.

Their latest goof was a report last week that Janet Jackson had slapped Paris Jackson during a family confrontation.

Turns out it never happened:

TMZ published a story last week based on sources who told us Janet went off on Michael Jackson‘s daughter after the singer tried to grab Paris’ cell phone. We also reported Janet called Paris a “spoiled little bitch.”

Although we believed the story to be true when we published it, we have now determined it was not correct … Janet did not slap or otherwise touch Paris, nor did she verbally abuse her.

Notice something missing from that statement? Saying sorry goes a long way in the public’s perception of a website.

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