Louis Vuitton Removes All Michael Jackson Items From Collection
French fashion house Louis Vuitton confirmed it is removing all items inspired by Michael Jackson from its AW19 collection.
The decision comes amid child sexual abuse allegations published against the late singer in two-part documentary, Leaving Neverland.
Louis Vuitton's menswear show took place just over a week before Leaving Neverland premiered at Sundance Film Festival.
The collection included several pieces paying homage to the singer and his work, and the items were set to go on sale in the summer.
Pieces inspired by Jackson included a t-shirt printed with an image of the singer's loafers and white socks, outfits accessorised with statement gloves and a jacket based on the three-zip red style worn by the singer in the music video for 'Beat It'.
At the time, Louis Vuitton's creative director Virgil Abloh said he wanted to "make a point about the humanity in [Jackson's] vision".
But Abloh has now released a statement to fashion news site WWD, saying: "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.
"My intention for this show was to refer to Michael Jackson as a pop culture artist. It referred only to his public life that we all know and to his legacy that has influenced a whole generation of artists and designers."
Michael Burke, the label's chairman and chief executive officer, also told the publication: "We find the allegations in the documentary deeply troubling and disturbing."
"Child safety and welfare is of utmost importance to Louis Vuitton," he added. "We are fully committed to advocating this cause."
A number of radio stations made the decision to pull all of the later pop singer's music shortly after the documentary aired on HBO in the US and Channel 4 in the UK last month.
Leaving Neverland saw Wade Robson and James Safechuck allege that Jackson was a paedophile who sexually abused them as children, graphically describing the abuse.
The Jackson estate called Leaving Neverland a "public lynching" and is set to make a counter documentary. Michael always denied all allegations of sexual abuse.
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