Michael Jackson "spanked the monkey" while he was alive, but not in the way you might think. Speaking to a TMZ photographer while exiting a Washington, D.C. event an event in Washington, D.C., animal rights activist Jane Goodall said that famed chimp Bubbles was beaten during his time with Jackson.
The embedded video shows the exchange between Goodall and the photographer.
The conversation actually started about a possible chimpanzee for the White House (not necessarily Obama, to be clear). After Goodall said that would not be a good idea, the photographer mentioned his memories of Jackson's famed pet, Bubbles.
Goodall then said that she had visited Jackson and "ticked him off." She claimed she knew that Bubbles was beaten, although she did not confirm it was Jackson who beat the chimp.
La Toya Jackson's ex-husband, Jack Gordon, once claimed the singer abused Bubbles, saying,
I saw Michael punch Bubbles, kick him in the stomach. Michael used to say, "He doesn't feel it. He's a chimpanzee. I have to discipline him."
As part of her statement, Goodall mentioned that as chimps age, they become dangerous.
Those who recall the terrifying -- and horrifying -- attack by Travis the chimp back in 2009 will know she is certainly on target.
Dame Jane Goodall is considered the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees.
Bubbles currently resides in the Center for Great Apes, a sanctuary in Wauchula, Fla., where he has lived since 2005.