Following the wake of fresh pedophilia accusations on Michael Jackson in a new documentary titled “Leaving Neverland“, International fashion house Louis Vuitton has announced that it will remove items from a new collection that “directly features” the late king of pop.
The collection which debuted at a menswear show in January featured several items that paid tribute to the star, ahead of going on sale later this year.
It included a number of flag-print items inspired by “We Are The World”, a jacket inspired by the one Jackson wore in the video for ‘Beat It’ and a t-shirt printed with an image of the singer’s famous black loafers and white socks.
Louis Vuitton Men’s artistic creative director Virgil Abloh in an official statement 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.
“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.”
While Maintaining they were unaware of the allegations at the time at the time of the creation of the collection, Louis Vuitton told the Guardian that the claims in the documentary had caused the “greatest pain”.
By Sarah Oyedo