Derry man Seany O'Kane 'behind London Michael Jackson Innocent campaign'
Advertisements proclaiming Michael Jackson's innocence that have appeared in London were organised by Londonderry Jackson fan Seany O'Kane, it has been reported.
Transport for London have said they will be removing the advertisements, which feature the slogan "Facts don't lie. People do", after criticisms from a sexual assault victims' charity.
The posters appeared on bus stops and buses across London in response to a documentary in which Michael Jackson is accused to child sex abuse.
The poster campaign began after a "Michael Jackson Innocent" crowdfunding page reached its £20,000 target.
It is being led by former Big Brother contestant Seany O'Kane, who is from Londonderry, the BBC reports.
In Leaving Neverland, which was broadcast in the UK last week, two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck claim they were molested by the singer when they were children.
Michael Jackson's family has strongly deny the claims.
The "Michael Jackson Innocent" page reads: "Like countless others within the MJ Community and society in general, we would not think twice in turning our backs on his legacy, if we for one second felt that there was any truth at all in these heinous events.
"There is a huge group in society that believe and know he is innocent."
The Survivors Trust charity, which supports victims of sexual assault, said the adverts were inappropriate.
"We have been particularly concerned by the recent news that TfL has chosen to run an advertising campaign... that endorses Jackson's innocence," a statement from the charity read.
"The decision to prioritise advertising revenue over the option of remaining neutral on such an emotive topic is disappointing."
In a statement to BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat, Transport for London said: "We have reviewed our position and will be removing these advertisements.
"They have been rejected due to the public sensitivity and concern around their content."
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