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Michael Jackson will remain in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has confirmed that Michael Jackson will remain one of the inductees and that the singer's memorabilia will continue to be displayed at its Cleveland museum.

It follows the broadcast of the four hour documentary, Leaving Neverland, in which Wade Robson and James Safechuck alleged that they were sexually abused by the pop star when they were children.

In a statement to Pitchfork, a representative of the Hall of Fame said Jackson was recognised for his "musical excellence and talent" and his memorabilia is displayed alongside artifacts from many artists' lives.

"There are no plans for this to change," the statement concluded.

The Jackson Estate has called the documentary “unvetted propaganda” and described the alleged victims Robson and Safechuck as "two perjurers".

As with all of our inductees, Jackson was recognised for musical excellence and talent as well as having a significant impact on rock’n’roll.

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MIchael Jackson, who died in 2009, was inducted into the Rock Hall twice - once as a solo artist in 2001 and once with the Jackson 5 in 1997.

Artists become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first commercial recording.

Jackson was nominated "by a diverse voting body of historians, fellow musicians, and music industry professionals".

His sister, Janet Jackson, is due to be inducted into the Rock Hall’s Class of 2019 later this week.

Barbra Streisand says abuse 'didn't kill' Michael Jackson's accusers

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Barbra Streisand says she "absolutely" believes James Safechuck and Wade Robson, the men who made explicit allegations of child sexual assault against the late star - in the recent documentary Leaving Neverland.

In an interview with The Times (subscription required) however, the Oscar-winning actress and singer goes on to say that the alleged abuse "didn't kill them," as the accusers now have families of their own.

Streisand, who once turned down the offer of a duet with "very sweet, very childlike" Jackson, added that she blames their parents for allowing them to sleep at his home.

“His sexual needs were his sexual needs," she said of Jackson, "coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has.

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"You can say ‘molested’, but those children, as you heard [them] say, they were thrilled to be there. They both married and they both have children, so it didn’t kill them.”

She went on: "I feel bad for the children. I feel bad for him. I blame, I guess, the parents, who would allow their children to sleep with him. Why would Michael need these little children dressed like him and in the shoes and the dancing and the hats?”

Music News LIVE has asked Barbra Streisand's UK representatives for any further comment.

The Michael Jackson debate continues...

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Yesterday we brought you DJ Ace and his 1Xtra pals debating whether or not it's still OK to listen to Michael Jackson records.

This is following the allegations made in the recent Leaving Neverland documentary, where the late star was accused of several counts of serious child abuse.

Now Radio 4 have been getting their teeth into the topic too in their Beyond Today podcast.

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Is Michael Jackson cancelled?

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It's a debate that continues to rage around the world following the controversial Leaving Neverland documentary.

With this in mind, BBC Radio 1Xtra made Jackson the subject of their latest #CutTheChat podcast and you can see what conclusions DJ Ace, Damon, Femi and Lee came to now via BBC Sounds.

"I feel like a hypocrite," confessed Ace.

"Because I cancelled R. Kelly [who is also accused of sexual assault] and then I haven't watched it because I'm scared I'll want to cancel Mike."

Michael Jackson items removed from children’s museum

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Michael Jackson items have reportedly been removed from the Indianapolis Children’s Museum following disturbing allegations made in the recent Leaving Neverland documentary.

The museum, which is is located two hours away from the Jackson family’s hometown of Gary, Indiana, has removed one of Jackson’s iconic gloves and fedora hats, as well as an autographed poster, the Indianapolis Star reports.

The museum’s director of collections Chris Carron told the newspaper: “When we put together exhibitions, we look at the objects and their association with high-profile people. Obviously, we want to put stories in front of our visitors [showing] people of high character.

“When you learn new stories or you look at something historical in a different way, then sometimes we re-evaluate whether that’s appropriate to be [on display]."

Paris Jackson: Defending father Michael is 'not my role'

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Responding to a fan on Twitter, the eldest child of Michael Jackson has spoken out about her lack of comment on the controversial two-part documentary which accuses her late father of being a child molester.

"There’s nothing i can say that hasn’t already been said," she said, adding that her cousin Taj Jackson - who has mounted a public campaign defending his uncle - "is doing a perfect job on his own".

Two men have accused the late pop star of grooming and sexually abusing them over a number of years.

The Jackson family have closed ranks saying the accusations made against Michael are false and his estate is in the process of suing broadcaster HBO.

"I support him. but that’s not my role," continued Paris. "I’m just tryna get everyone to chill out and go with the flow, be mellow and think about the bigger picture."

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Elsewhere, fashion label Louis Vuitton also said on Thursday that it was removing Michael Jackson-themed clothes from a new collection in the wake of the documentary.

Lead designer Virgil Abloh said: "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," he added.

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