Taking action. A 1991 episode of The Simpsons featuring Michael Jackson has been pulled from TV after the late singer was accused of sexual abuse in HBO’s Leaving Neverland documentary.
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Longtime Simpsons executive producer James L. Brooks told The Wall Street Journal Opens a New Window. on Thursday, March 7, that pulling the episode “feels clearly [like]the only choice to make” in light of the allegations made in the HBO doc.
“The guys I work with — where we spend our lives arguing over jokes — were of one mind on this,” Brooks told the newspaper.
Leaving Neverland, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, aired in two parts on HBO on Sunday, March 3, and Monday, March 4. In the film, Wade Robson and James Safechuck accused Jackson of sexually abusing them as children.
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“He said, ‘This is how we show our love,’” Robson claimed in the documentary after alleging Jackson performed oral sex on him when he was 7 years old.
The Grammy winner, who denied previously allegations of sexual abuse before his death in 2009, was found not guilty in a 2005 trial.