Michael Jackson banned from BBC Radio 2 following child abuse claims in documentary 'Leaving Neverland'
In the documentary, James Safechuck and Wade Robson claim they were sexually assaulted by the pop star when they were children after being groomed over a number of years
Michael Jackson's music is nowhere to be found in BBC Radio 2's playlists. The King of Pop's music appears to have been dropped following recent child sex abuse claims.
The decision is reported to have been made last week ahead of the release of the controversial documentary about the star's alleged crimes titled 'Leaving Neverland' which will be broadcasted this week.
In the documentary, 40-year-old James Safechuck and 36-year-old Wade Robson claim they were sexually assaulted and raped by the pop star when they were children, after being groomed over a number of years.
In a recent interview with the BBC, Robson said that the abuse started when he was just seven years old. "Every time I stayed the night with him, he abused me. Fondling, touching, my entire body and my penis," he said.
Both Robson and Safechuck had defended Jackson before his death by offering testimony in a court case that the star had not abused them. Some of his dedicated fans have said this is proof of Jackson's innocence.
The BBC announced last week that it had commissioned a BBC 2 programme about the latest revelations titled 'Michael Jackson: The Rise and Fall.' However, Radio 2 hasn't played a solo Jackson track since last Saturday, after they broadcast his 1979 hit 'Rock With You.'
Former pop star Gary Glitter, who was jailed for 16 years in 2015 for having sex with a 12-year-old fan, attempting to rape an eight-year-old and indecent assault, similarly disappeared from radio airwaves when abuse revelations came to light.
A spokesman for the corporation denied that Michael Jackson has been dropped off the Radio 2 playlist. "We don’t ban songs or artists and Michael Jackson, like any other artist, could be played on BBC Radio. As we have said, we consider each piece of music on its merits and decisions on what we play on different networks are always made with relevant audiences and context in mind," the spokesman stated. However, this has not stopped speculations that the King of Pop hasn't been on radio in a while.