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Joe Jackson said he was a firm disciplinarian with Michael Jackson and his brothers in order to keep them away from gangs.
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updated 9/6/2010 6:04:14 PM ET 2010-09-06T22:04:14
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When looking back at how he raised Michael Jackson, father Joe Jackson can’t find fault with his notorious disciplinarian ways.

In an interview filmed by JacksonSecretVault.com, the elder Jackson responded to the claim that he was “a bit too strict” with his most famous son.

“I had to be like that because when raising him, in those days, so many gangs out there getting into trouble, going to jail,” the Jackson family patriarch said in a clip posted to TMZ. “Most of them are dead now. He didn't have to worry about that.”

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While the late King of Pop didn’t worry about those gangs, he openly admitted to living in fear of his father. Joe Jackson now dismisses the abuse talk as being overblown by the media and insists that he has no regrets.

“(Regret) for what? No!” the elder Jackson said. “They tried to make a big issue when I spanked Michael or some of the kids, ya know? Just like they didn't spank their kids when they did wrong. The media twists everything.”

Michael Douglas’ ex-wife says he snubbed
Actor Michael Douglas didn’t welcome recent well wishes from ex-wife Diandra Luker.

According to a report in the Daily Mail, Luker attempted to call Douglas after learning he has advanced throat cancer, but Douglas hung up on her — twice.

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While the dial tone response may come as no surprise to those familiar with the fact that Luker is currently suing Douglas for half his earnings from the soon to be released “Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps,” Luker was somehow taken aback by her ex-husband’s reaction.

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“I was so sad I cried for two days,” she said in a quote published to the paper.

Luker also claimed that she offered to delay any court action for now, but Douglas’ legal team wouldn’t hear of it.

“I called my lawyers to get them to withdraw the lawsuit but the other side responded that they didn’t want to postpone it,” Luker explained.

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Tabloid Tidbits is compiled by Ree Hines. Follow @ReeHines on Twitter to gab about the latest gossip.

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