Michael Jackson's father Joe has rubbished claims he physically abused the singer during his childhood, insisting his wife KATHERINE was responsible for whipping the child star.

THRILLER star MICHAEL, has often spoken of his father as a domestic tyrant, but the music manager insists his children mainly suffered at the hands of their mother.

Joe says, "Katherine whipped Michael more than I did. She had to.

"I was working, I had two jobs. She was there with them all the time - not just Michael, all the children."

But he confesses he was often a pushy and domineering parent, and constantly bullied his children to fulfil their potential as pop group the JACKSON 5.

He says, "I started them early, when they were young. When they said they didn't want to go I pulled them by the hand and said we're going - we're going to do this."