Dad Says Michael Jackson Was Not Beaten As A Child, He Was Whipped; Mom Says He Was Not Gay

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JOE JACKSON: “I never beat him,” Joe is quoted as saying. “I whipped him with a stick and a belt. I never beat him. You beat someone with a stick.” MORE

JOE JACKSON:  “I thought [Michael] was a great father.” MORE

JOE JACKSON:“The kids want to be with [Katherine and I] over here,” Jackson told Connelly about Prince jackson-dangle-baby.thumbnail.jpgMichael, Paris and Prince Michael II (Blanket). “Yes, there’s no else who can do what we can do for them.” MORE

JOE JACKSON:  “I don’t know — I keep watching Paris,” he said, referring to Jackson’s middle child, who spoke memorably at her father’s memorial on Tuesday. “She … wants to do something. And as far as I can see, well, they say Blanket [Michael’s youngest child, Prince Michael II], he can really dance.” MORE

JOE JACKSON:  “Their grandmother — Katherine — and I” should raise them, he said. “Yes, there’s no one else to do what we can do for them. We should keep them all together and then make them happy, feed ’em like they’re supposed to be fed, and let them get rest, plenty of sleep and grow up to be strong Jacksons.” MORE

michael_jackson_autopsy.jpgPREVIOUSLY: He cracked the whip like an circus animal trainer — literally, once holding Michael upside down by one leg and unleashing a barrage of blows on his son’s back and buttocks — until his children danced like a spinning tops and sang like a canaries in the coal mine. One night, Joe Jackson donned a fright mask and snuck in his sons’ bedroom window, screaming awake his sleeping sons — just to teach them the dangers of sleeping with the window open. For years afterward, Michael would be haunted by nightmares of a kidnapper climbing inside his window. Fear would make the Jackson 5 great — fear of failure, fear of pennilessness, but most of all fear of their father. Seven hundred and fifty million albums sold later, the end justifies the means, some would say. I wonder. MORE

KATHERINE JACKSON: “Michael’s appearance makes a lot of people think he’s gay, but Michael is not gay,” Katherine said. “He’s not gay, I’m here to say, and this is what a lot of people think because of the way he looks. But you can tell when a person’s gay, sometimes you look in his face and you say, ‘Oh, my God, that guy is gay.’ You can tell from their movement and all. Michael is not gay.” MORE

The harrowing, never-before-seen footage of the singer’s 1984 Pepsi commercial accident. [via US MAGAZINE]

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