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Michael Jackson music banned from BBC after Leaving Neverland child abuse claims

Mirror logo Mirror 03/03/2019 Lucy Buckland
(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 31, 1993, US pop megastar Michael Jackson performs during his "Dangerous" tour in Singapore. - An unflinching new documentary on pedophilia accusations against Michael Jackson shatters the veneer of his larger-than-life celebrity, presenting in stark, lurid detail the stories of two men who say the late King of Pop for years sexually abused them as minors. (Photo by STR / AFP)STR/AFP/Getty Images © AFP/Getty Images (FILES) In this file photo taken on August 31, 1993, US pop megastar Michael Jackson performs during his "Dangerous" tour in Singapore. - An unflinching new documentary on pedophilia accusations against Michael Jackson shatters the veneer of his larger-than-life celebrity, presenting in stark, lurid detail the stories of two men who say the late King of Pop for years sexually abused them as minors. (Photo by STR / AFP)STR/AFP/Getty Images

Michael Jackson's music has been banned from BBC Radio 2 after a documentary exposing his alleged sex crimes is about to air.

According to The Sunday Times the decision was made last week ahead of Channel 4 screening Leaving Neverland, a four hour two part documentary featuring alleged victims James Safechuck and Wade Robson.

A BBC spokesman told the publication: "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."

Safechuck, 40, appeared on the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire Show alongside fellow Jackson accuser Wade and Leaving Neverland director Dan Reed.

Michael Jackson et al. posing for the camera: Michael Jackson with the Robsons © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Michael Jackson with the Robsons

Both Safechuck and Robson, 36, tell their stories in the controversial film about the King Of Pop, and they relived their torment on today's show.

Safechuck fought back tears as he claimed Jackson manipulated him when he was a little boy.

a group of people posing for the camera: The accusers and Leaving Neverland director have given BBC interviews © BBC The accusers and Leaving Neverland director have given BBC interviews

When asked about the details of the abuse he claims to have suffered, Safehuck replied: "He taught me to masturbate, like it was this amazing new thing that's going to change your life.

"And French-kissing, he said I taught him how to do that. He also loved having his nipples rubbed."

Robson went on to allege Jackson "tried to penetrate me anally" when he was 14.

Safechuck also said the singer groomed not only him but his family and the wider public.

a man sitting in front of a building: Wade Robson © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Wade Robson He said: "There's a long grooming process for Michael. He inserts himself into your family and becomes part of of your family.

"He grooms the children and grooms the parents as well.

"It's a meticulous build-up for him to be able to do that and it takes him a while to build the trust. It doesn't happen overnight.

Michael Jackson et al. posing for the camera: Michael Jackson and Wade Robson © WENN Michael Jackson and Wade Robson

"Not letting our parents off or saying it's not their fault but I think people need to understand that it just doesn't happen right away.

"It shows how Michael groomed the world."

a person wearing a suit and tie © Credits: Eugene Adebari/REX/Shutterstock Robson added: "Most of the time it's not the scary guy in the van in the alleyway.

"Of course, that happens sometimes but I think it is the minority of cases.

"Most of the time it's the coach, the uncle, the teacher, the stepfather, the father, the mother, whatever.

a group of people sitting in front of a screen © BBC

"Somebody who is absolutely trusted, who has gained the trust of the child first and foremost, then the whole family. This was the case.

"Michael made sure from day one that he had a really special relationship with me, and that he had a really special separate relationship with my mother and with my sister and then my father.

"Right from day one, in an unnoticeable way, he started drawing this wedge between myself and my father, my mother and my father.

"He was just a master manipulator."

Leaving Neverland contains explosive allegations of child abuse against the King Of Pop, who died in 2009, and has sparked outraged among some of Jackson's most ardent fans.

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