Joe Jackson: ‘Spankings Kept Michael Out Of Gangs’

Joe Jackson, the father of the late King Of Pop Michael Jackson is speaking out to those who have criticized his parenting “style” while raising his children.

In an interview via TMZ, which was reportedly filmed as part of a documentary being made by family matriarch Katherine Jackson, Joe defended his use of physical abuse,

I had to be like that because when raising him, in those days, so many gangs out there getting into trouble, going to jail. Most of them are dead now. He didn’t have to worry about that.”

When questioned about regretting abusing his son, Joe said, “No! They tried to make a big issue when I spanked Michael or some of the kids, ya know? Just like they didn’t spank their kids when they did wrong. The media twists everything.”

Joe Jackson first admitted to abusing his children in 2003, saying that he did not “beat” them, but “whipped” them as he used a belt, not a stick. He and Katherine divorced officially last month after 60 years of marriage.

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  • Anonymous

    Katherine and joe have NOT divorced. It is unprofessional to rely on tabloids for news, you should do research first.

    • antigoniem

      Not divorced YET. They’ve been living seperately for years. Joe lives in Las Vegas and Katherine in Hayvenhurst (sp?). I did hear something about them getting a divorce, which is not a surprise (other than the living seperately), he’s been dragging her name through the mud ever since MJ died. Ex: blaming Katherine for MJ’s death. MJ was a grown man, Janet said they all tried to intervene but it didn’t work. I miss MJ just as much as everyone else, but at the end of the day he was a drug addict. He may not have been a crackhead living on the street, but an addict none the less. Is it Joe’s fault he was on drugs in the first place? We’ll never know. The Jacksons are EXTREMELY private and we’ll never fully know the inner workings of their family.

  • AnnieMouse

    What gang would Michael possible have gotten into??? The Lollipop Guild??? Give me a break!

    • PizMeyer

      That’s a good point! When Michael said that his father was so hard on him that it made him regurgitate, Joe said, “Well, if he be ‘gurgitating. he be ‘gurgitating all the way to the bank.” Another good point!

  • Anonymous2

    This old man is despicable. I am glad Katherine IS divorcing him, this way he can’t get his grubby hands on hers or the kids’ money, if something should happen to her. Good thinking on her part. I will never forget him pushing his stupid business right after Michael died. I live in Las Vegas too, he is a joke here. He tries to act like a huge star when he is out and about, only to be totally ignored by the locals. He is loud mouth and tries to get everyone’s attention. ugh

  • Peta

    I hope the divorce tales are true. They’ve been living separate lives for years, and the children are all grown so there’s no need to stay married ‘for the kids’. Plus, I will never forget how he promoted his new company on the red carpet not even 24 full hours after his son’s death. Absolutely foul.

  • Daveigh

    This makes everyithng so completely painless.

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