But in a new TV interview with America"s Chris Connelly, Joe Jackson denied that he punished his children more severely than other parents did. “Michael was never beat as they call it. And everyone spanked their kids when they did wrong. But not beat," Contactmusic quoted him as saying.
And Jackson insisted that it was his wife Katherine who handed out the spankings to their kids, as he was away on business most of the time. “Katherine spanked Michael more than I did, 'cause I was working two jobs and she was at home with him the most," he added.