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Ex-Doctor Claims Michael Jackson Was 'Chemically Castrated' To Keep Voice High

Singing legend Michael Jackson, the 'King of Pop', has always had an unusually high voice for a grown man. If you didn't know his age while listening only to his voice talk or sing, you might even think sometimes that you were listening to a pre-pubescent child. His former doctor is now claiming that Jackson's voice wasn't high and young-sounding by accident; he says Jackson's father, the recently deceased Joe Jackson, took drastic actions to keep his son's voice young.

Doctor Conrad Murray was Michael Jackson's personal physician, and was charged with manslaughter after the pop icon passed away. Murray prescribed Jackson the drugs that eventually killed the star at 50. He served two years and had his medical license stripped from him.

The doctor is now saying that Michael's voice was unusually high because his father chemically castrated him as a child. He alleges Michael had told him about it, along with other abuses he suffered at the hands of his father.

“The cruelty expressed by Michael that he experienced at the hand of his father, particularly the bad treatment and moreover, the fact that he was chemically castrated to maintain his high-pitched voice is beyond words," he said in a video published by 'The Blast'.

Joe Jackson has always been painted as a controlling father at best, and abusive at worst. He was a poor man who worked hard to support a large family, and at one time joined a band in hopes of reaching success. While his own band never got anywhere, he began working with his young sons to create a music group.

While all the Jackson boys showed a talent for singing and music, it was Michael, one of the youngest of the group, who became the front man due to his vocal talent and stage presence. After some local talent shows and local contests, Joe was able to book his sons in professional music venues. It didn't take long for the group of talented brothers to attain fame as 'The Jackson 5'.

In the 1980s, news stories broke about Joe being both physically and emotionally abusive towards his children. He pushed the children to rehearse for unreasonably long hours.

Michael himself admitted in an interview with Oprah Winfrey in 1993 that his father would punish him and his brothers for not doing things 'the right way'. Michael said his father called them names, whipped them with switches and belts. He also says the pressure his father placed on him left him feeling isolated and lonely as a child.

Other Jackson family members have admitted to the whippings, but denied that Joe was abusive, claiming ‘whippings’ were normal disciplinary methods during the time period.

At this point, there is no evidence that Joe had Michael castrated, chemically or otherwise, though rumors of the like have been circulating for years. One persistent rumor alleged that Michael’s parents arranged to have his testicles removed when he was a child so that his voice would never change. The claim is believed to be nothing more than a baseless rumor.

The concept isn’t a new one; until the 20th century, young men were sometimes castrated to prevent puberty from deepening their voices. These singers were referred to as ‘castratos’, and they commonly played the roles of females in operas before it was considered acceptable for women to perform in public. As women began to take the stage, the practice began to fall out of favor, and the brutal practice was outlawed in 1903.
Source: People
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