Jackson Attacks Dad Over Beatings From Beyond The Grave
Michael Jackson has attacked his father's harsh punishment methods from beyond the grave.
The King of Pop often spoke out about beatings he received as a child at the hands of his dad, Joe - and now newly-released taped interviews he recorded with former spiritual advisor Rabbi Shmuley Boteach have revealed the sick extremes the Jackson family patriarch went to to discipline his kids.
Boteach has released the tapes, recorded between 1999 and 2001, to the media to promote his new book The Michael Jackson Tapes, and during an appearance on America's Today show on Friday morning (25Sep09), the Rabbi played an extract from the 30 hours of interviews.
In the sample, Jackson could be heard telling his former friend, "He (Joe) was rough. The way he would beat you was hard... He would make you strip nude first, he would oil you down. It would be a whole ritual. He would oil you down, so when the flip of the ironing cord hit you... it was just like me dying, and you had whips all over your face, your back, everywhere.
"I always heard my mother like, 'No Joe, you're gonna kill 'em, you're gonna kill 'em.' And I would just give up, like there was nothing I could do... And I hated him for it."
Joe Jackson has maintained he never beat his children.