TFL removes Michael Jackson 'innocent' ads

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by Keiligh Baker

Transport for London has removed bus and tube bus adverts proclaiming Michael Jackson's innocence in the wake of child sexual abuse allegations against him.

The adverts said “Facts don’t lie. People do” alongside an image of Jackson’s face with the word ‘Innocent’ plastered across his mouth.

They appeared on double-decker buses across the capital after a £20,000 crowdfunding campaign backed by the pop star's supporters.

They were produced in response to the Leaving Neverland documentary, which featured two men who claim they were sexually abused by Jackson as children.

“We have reviewed our position and will be removing these advertisements,” TfL told BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeat programme. “They have been rejected due to the public sensitivity and concern around their content.”

The adverts had been due to continue being displayed on London buses and bus stops until March 24.

Complaints were raised by a number of sexual assault survivors and charities including the Survivors Trust.