The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has removed three Michael Jackson exhibits from display in the wake of the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland.
A fedora and glove, both worn by Jackson onstage, were removed from public view, as was a signed Michael Jackson poster. Jackson’s family is from Gary, Indiana, about two-and-a-half hours north of Indianapolis, on the Lake Michigan shore.
Leslie Olsen, the museum’s public relations manager, said in a statement provided to ABC News: “As the world’s largest children’s museum, we are very sensitive to our audience. In an excess of caution, and in response to the controversy over the HBO film called ‘Leaving Neverland,’ which directly involved allegations of abuse against children, we removed those objects while we carefully consider the situation more fully.”
Leaving Neverland, the two-part documentary that premiered on HBO March 3 and 4, features adult men Wade Robson and James Safechuck, both of whom accuse Jackson of sexually assaulting them as children.
Other entities has distanced themselves from Jackson following the allegations broadcast in Leaving Neverland. Immediately after the documentary premiered, producers of The Simpsons revealed they would no longer air, sell or distribute the 1991 episode that featured Jackson’s voice. Last week, French fashion giant Louis Vuitton announced it was removing planned Michael Jackson-inspired designs from their 2019 fall menswear collection.
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