‘Leaving Neverland’ Documentary Draws Solid Ratings For HBO

‘Leaving Neverland’ Documentary Draws Solid Ratings For HBO

Radio stations in Australia, Canada and New Zealand are refusing to play Michael Jackson's music in the wake of fresh allegations against him of child sex abuse.

Fresh claims of sexual abuse against late pop music king, Michael Jackson, have popped up and now several radio stations are boycotting his music. In his own words: "I always say despite what (Jackson) may or may not have done, despite his personal life, it's about the music and the dancing in terms of what I do".

Both men separately sued the Jackson estate in 2013 for the abuse they suffered as children but both lawsuits were dismissed.

Conversely, ARN's Pure Gold Network has chosen not to ditch Jackson's hits. Christine Dicaire, a spokeswoman for Montreal media company Cogeco, told The Guardian that the ban also applies to 23 smaller stations in the province.

Jackson faced similar misconduct allegations before his death in 2009.

There was a very mixed reaction to Leaving Neverland.

TUKO.co.ke understands Australian radio network, ARN, is keeping a close eye on how the public will react to the pop star's music after the documentary has been broadcast.

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In the two-part documentary released by HBO, Wade Robson, 36, and James Safechuck, 41, describe their childhood experiences with Jackson in graphic detail, accusing Jackson of grooming and manipulating them and their families, and sexually abusing them.

In 2010 she made a special episode of her eponymous talk show, packing the audience with 200 men who claimed Jackson had assaulted them when they were children.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the broadcast of the first part of the documentary on HBO in the United States, drew 1.29 million viewers, the third largest audience for a HBO documentary this decade.

The BBC has clarified that they do not ban artists and Jackson could be played on BBC Radio.

James first met Michael when he was cast to join the star in a Pepsi commercial.

It's encouraging to see, in light of recent events, that many people are making the choice to believe Michael Jackson's alleged victims, writes Emma Teitel. Jackson himself denied accusations of sexual abuse and was acquitted on allegations related to a 13-year-old boy in a much-publicized 2005 trial.

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