Michael Jackson Dropped From Some Radio Stations Following Child Sex Abuse Doc

Michael Jackson Dropped From Some Radio Stations Following Child Sex Abuse Doc

In New Zealand, the star's songs are now nearly totally absent from the airwaves, after being pulled by the country's two biggest radio networks, MediaWorks and NZME.

Peter Andre has argued that Michael Jackson's music shouldn't be banned.

The Australian Radio Network, which owns 96FM, said it also would not be removing Jackson's music from their playlists "at this stage", but would "as always. continue to regularly review our playlists based on what audiences want to hear".

On Wednesday, however, Jackson's daughter, Paris Jackson, responded via Twitter to a report in Gay Star News citing TMZ, which claims that she has never watched the disturbing documentary and "firmly believes" her father is innocent of allegations that he was a pedophile who sexually abused the men when they were young boys.

Oprah Winfrey's follow-up special, which aired on HBO following Part 2 of Leaving Neverland Monday night, also did well ratings-wise. (A second documentary is coming later this year via the BBC.) It looks like that increased attention on the allegations has resulted in at least one tangible outcome: Some radio stations around the world have begun pulling Jackson's music.

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According to CNN, stations in New Zealand and Canada have dropped Michael's hits from their playlists.

The 53-page complaint, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, claims HBO was violating a "non-disparagement" agreement by airing the documentary.

The decisions not to play Jackson's music will no doubt further tarnish his brand and could result in a loss of royalties.

"We are attentive to the comments of our listeners, and the documentary released on Sunday evening created reactions", Christine Dicaire of Cogeco said in a statement to AFP. He's sold more 1 billion albums worldwide.

"We aren't deciding whether Michael Jackson is guilty of pedophilia or not", he said in an interview on MediaWorks' station "Magic".

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