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.