Michael Jackson musical rejects claim sex abuse claims

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The pop icon was in court in May

A Michael Jackson musical has turned down calls to expand one of its songs based on sexual abuse allegations against the late singer, Reuters reported.

The musical, called Michael, was created by Pitch Perfect and Chicago writer Jason Moore and premiered in Chicago in October. It features a score by composers Craig Carnelia and Stephen Schwartz.

According to Reuters, the musical’s producers decided to retain the original final number, but with two changes.

The original, with lyrics by Parris Goebel, opens with “When I was five-years-old, Michael Jackson came to our house”. However, in the newly-worded song, “and he took my little body and he sent it out to play,” Goebel said.

The second change involved a decision on Jackson’s song We Are the World, which went ahead with the production despite objections from family members.

Over 100 victims of sexual abuse by Jackson and his physician Conrad Murray have since accused him of sexual misconduct.

Murray was jailed in 2012 for giving Jackson an overdose of anaesthetic and giving the singer the drug propofol as an anesthetic for his insomnia.

The King of Pop was later acquitted of molesting young boys.

Reuters

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