Co-parenting when you're no longer together can be difficult, and it looks like Janet Jackson shares in this struggle. The singer called law enforcement over the weekend asking them to check on the welfare of her one-year-old son, who was staying with his father, Wissam Al Mana. Public Information Officer Deputy Tracy Koerner confirmed that Jackson had reached out to them at around 10:00pm on Saturday evening.
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It didn't take long for the police to take action, as they turned up at the Nobu hotel in Malibu around five minutes later to check on Jackson's son, Eissa, who was with his father. According to Koerner, the visit stemmed from an argument between the two parents, while Randy Jackson, Janet's brother, told Entertainment Tonight that one of Eissa's nannies called the songstress after locking herself in a bathroom, fearful of Al Mana's aggressive behavior. Understandably concerned, Jackson then dialed 9-11.
It's not the first time that Randy has spoken out on his sister's ex-husband, telling People in September that the pairing was toxic and abusive. "It came on later in the relationship," he explained. "Verbal abuse and being made to feel like a prisoner in her own home. No pregnant woman needs to go through being called names every day." Jackson and Al Mana married in 2012, splitting shortly after Eissa was born in mid-2017. During the marriage Janet was noticeably out of the limelight, taking a step back from fame.
After police arrived on the scene Saturday night and spoke with Al Mana, they left, satisfied that the baby was fine and unable to see anything of concern. The Blast reports that the nanny was upset that Al Mana had refused to give her the hotel's WiFi password, making the nanny feel as though she wasn't able to stay in communication when it was necessary. TMZ also reported that Jackson told police that her businessman ex could have been using drugs around their child, which could make him aggressive. The authorities said there was "zero evidence" of drugs.
Both Jackson and Al Mana have yet to publicly comment. Whatever the reason for the situation, it doesn't sound like these two have the post-split amicability down yet.