LaToya Jackson Beaten in Rome

<i> Reuters</i>

LaToya Jackson, sister of pop superstar Michael Jackson, was beaten by a gang armed with metal pipes who broke into her Rome hotel suite, her manager said today.

Jackson, 31, was badly bruised in the attack and is resting at her London home, where she returned after the incident, said her manager, Jack Gordon.

Gordon said by telephone from the star’s apartment he believed the attackers had been trying to abduct her.

A group of men carrying metal pipes entered Jackson’s hotel suite in the early hours Tuesday after she called for room service, he said, declining to give any more details.


The injured singer has been besieged by journalists after a reporter caught sight of her Wednesday.

Jackson, who spoke briefly to Reuters, said she had been unable to leave her apartment to see a doctor because of the media presence outside.