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'Leaving Neverland': Michael Jackson's 'Simpsons' episode pulled

"It feels clearly the only choice to make," the show's producer said.
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An old episode of "The Simpsons" featuring the voice of Michael Jackson is being pulled from all future broadcasts, the show's producer told a newspaper, following a documentary about alleged child abuse by the late pop star.

"It feels clearly the only choice to make," James L. Brooks was quoted as telling the Wall Street Journal.

The long-running cartoon show featured Jackson in 1991, during its third season, in a episode called "Stark Raving Dad." He voiced a character in a psychiatric ward who believed he was the pop star.

Media representatives for "The Simpsons" were not immediately available for further comment.

In the documentary, "Leaving Neverland," two adult men say they were befriended by Jackson and abused by him from the ages of 7 and 10 in the early 1990s. Wade Robson, who claims the abuse started when he was 7, and James Safechuck Safechuck, who claims it started when he was 10, had previously told authorities there had been no sexual misconduct. Robson testified in Jackson's defense at the 2005 molestation trial. But they have since filed lawsuits against the Jackson estate. They are appealing after their suits were dismissed due to the statute of limitations.

It prompted a mixture of horror and disbelief when it ran on HBO on Sunday and Monday. Some radio stations in Canada and the Netherlands stopped playing Jackson's music.

Jackson's family called the documentary and news coverage of the accusations a "public lynching" and said he was "100 percent innocent." His estate filed a lawsuit against HBO in February, saying the program breached an agreement that the cable channel would not disparage Jackson.

The "Thriller" singer, who died in 2009, was acquitted in 2005 of charges of molesting a 13-year-old boy, unrelated to the documentary, at his Neverland ranch in California. He long denied allegations of sex abuse. In 1994, he settled a sexual abuse lawsuit concerning another 13-year-old boy.