Dad: I Didn't Whacko Jacko

U.S. murder suspect Amanda Knox arrives for a hearing at Perugia's court, Italy, Monday, Nov. 30, 2009. AP Photo/Luca Bruno

Michael Jackson's father says he never beat his son but admits in a TV interview to be broadcast Sunday that he whipped him.

Joe Jackson told the British Broadcasting Corp. that he whipped Michael with a switch and a belt but says he never dealt out a beating. "You beat someone with a stick," the BBC quoted him as saying in a story on its Web site Friday.

The pop singer has consistently accused his father of beating him as a child.
The interview was conducted in a hotel room in an unspecified location in the United States and overseen by a man, Majestik Magnificent, who described himself as Michael Jackson's personal magician.

Magnificent is frequently heard interrupting the interview, at one point threatening to call it off when Jackson is asked several questions about his son's alleged facial plastic surgery.

Jackson says Michael can do what he likes with his nose, which is alleged to have been repeatedly rebuilt through plastic surgery, claims which the pop singer has consistently denied.

When asked about Michael's comments that he was so nervous seeing his father that he regurgitates, Joe Jackson's comment is, "He regurgitates all the way to the bank."

There is also tension when interviewer Louis Theroux asks if Michael has
a "boyfriend or girlfriend."

Magnificent says: "What are you trying to say, that Michael's gay?"

Majestik says the question is disrespectful to Joe Jackson, who later says "we don't believe in gays. I can't stand them." Jackson then calls an end to the interview.

The television program follows unsuccessful attempts by Theroux to gain an interview with the pop superstar himself.

Theroux is known in Britain for his often tongue-in-cheek interviews with celebrities.
  • Lloyd Vries

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