Advertisements proclaiming Michael Jackson’s innocence are to be removed from London’s buses.
The decision comes after campaigners argued the message could discourage sexual assault victims from coming forward.
The ads, which were financed by a crowdfunding campaign set up by Jackson’s nephew, Taj Jackson, feature the star’s face with the word ‘innocent’ over his mouth, along with the slogan: ‘Facts don’t lie. People do.’
The posters were circulated in response to the explosive Leaving Neverland documentary.
The programme focused on the testimonies of Wade Robson, 36, and James Safechuck, 41, who both claim the singer sexually abused them when they were children.
A Transport for London spokesman said: ‘We have reviewed our position and will be removing these advertisements.
‘They have been rejected due to the public sensitivity and concern around their content.’
The singer, whose hits include Thriller, Dirty Diana, Bad and Billie Jean, died in 2009.
His family and fans have been protesting his innocence since the film was released.
Sexual assault victims’ charity the Survivors Trust said the adverts were inappropriate.
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