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Louis Vuitton pulls Michael Jackson-inspired items

Michael Jackson references removed: Several pieces in the autumn/winter 2019 collection were inspired by the singer

LOUIS VUITTON has removed all references to Michael Jackson from its latest collection in response to the accusations of child abuse made against the singer in a new documentary.

HBO’s Leaving Neverland, explores child abuse allegations against Jackson made by two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck.

Louis Vuitton has said it was not aware of the new allegations when it produced the collection inspired by Jackson.

The premiere of the documentary took place at Sundance, days after the collection was unveiled.

In a statement sent to WWD on Thursday, designer Virgil Abloh said that the January menswear show had intended to celebrate Jackson’s legacy, and he condemned “any form of child abuse”.

“I am aware that in light of this documentary the show has caused emotional reactions. I strictly condemn any form of child abuse, violence or infringement against any human rights,” Abloh said.

PICTURED: Virgil Abloh

Michael Burke, the CEO of Louis Vuitton, said that the accusations against Jackson were “deeply troubling”.

As well as including designs that drew on the star’s style, the show was also soundtracked by Jackson’s music and invites took the format of a single rhinestone-encrusted glove, inspired by the ones Jackson was known to wear.

The collection was due to go on sale this summer.

This week it was announced that adverts proclaiming Jackson’s innocence will be removed from London buses.

The adverts feature Jackson’s face with the word innocent across his mouth. They also state: “Facts don’t lie. People do.”

TfL announced the campaign would be taken down from buses after sexual violence survivor groups raised concerns about the posters.

A TfL spokesperson 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.”

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