March 29, 2019
Even during the 1982 "Thriller" heyday, Michael Jackson suffered physical abuse at the hands of his father.
This was the revelation of the pop icon’s sister, La Toya Jackson, in an old interview that resurfaced recently.
LaToya claimed that Joe, who died at the age of 89, would assault his own children with “belts, whips, whatever.”
“Michael was doing… ‘Off the Wall’, ‘Thriller’ and he was still getting beat,” she said. “But what you guys see is him up on the awards, accepting these awards, and smiling – but my father is chasing him around the house and he’s running from him terrified.”
La Toya was speaking on the television show "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee." She continued:
“My brothers were grown and my father, would take his fists and punch them and knock them down the steps constantly.”
It’s been public knowledge that Michael, who died in 2009, had suffered physical abuse by his father Joe, an amateur boxer, when he was a child. But it wasn’t until La Toya’s interview that people knew the "King of Pop" continued to be beaten at the peak of his success.
La Toya claimed that Joe, who died at the age of 89, would assault his own children with “belts, whips, whatever.”
She said that the trauma remains for all of them.
“They come to me and say ‘La Toya, we have kids in college’ and we are afraid of my father still today,” she said.
La Toya also alleged that her father had sexually abused her at the age of 11. “There wasn’t just physical abuse there was also mental abuse which is very disturbing and also sexual abuse,” she said.
Michael had also been public about the abuse he suffered at the hands of his father. “Oh my God, it was bad. It was really bad. He’d throw [me] up against a wall as hard as he could,” he said.
The King of Pop passed away on June 25, 2009. A video surfaced of him doing his final rehearsal for his "This Is It" tour, two days before he was found dead at his home.