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Museum Brings Down Michael Jackson's Statue Following "Leaving Neverland" Release

Updated On 11 Mar, 2019 Published On

A statue of the Late King of Pop, Michael Jackson has been brought down from the National Football Museum of Britain following the recent development of sexual allegations against the pop star's legacy.

The football museum in Manchester, England displayed the statue of the singing sensation since 2014 but removed it from display after the documentary's release, this week.

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CAPTION: Mohammed Al Sayed posing beside the Michael Jackson statue

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The artwork molded of resin and plaster was unveiled at Fulham's Cottage stadium in 2011 by the club's then owner Mohamed Al Fayed.

Al Fayed and Michael were close friends and the singer visited West London ground as a guest to his friend to watch Fulham play against Wigan Athletic in 1999.

The statue was heavily mocked by the fans of the club and was eventually removed by Shahid Khan, the clubs current owner in 2013.

It was entirely replaced by a statue of George Cohen, former Fulham player.

In context to the matters, a spokeswoman of the museum stated

The National Football Museum has made a number of changes to its exhibitions and the objects on display over the last few months.

As part of our ongoing plans to better represent the stories we want to tell, we have made a decision to remove the Michael Jackson statue from the display.

The museum has not connected their current activity as an outcome to the recent developments following the release of Leaving Neverland.

In the documentary video Leaving Neverland, released by HBO studios, James Safechuck and Wade Robson have accused Micheal Jackson of sexually abusing them while they were still kids.

The first half of the four-hour-long documentary aired in the UK on Wednesday, January 25, 2019.