Michael Jackson Estate Slams ‘Last Days’ TV Special by ABC, Disney

The documentary on the his final days is called a "crass and unauthorized" exploitation attempt.

Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson performs in concert circa 1995. (Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

The Michael Jackson estate has voiced its strong objections to ABC and its parent company Disney over the upcoming documentary The Last Days of Michael Jackson, a two-hour special that the estate claims was made without their authorization.

“We want consumers to know that The Last Days of Michael Jackson, a television special airing on ABC TV (a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company) tomorrow May 24th, is not sponsored or approved by the Estate of Michael Jackson,” a statement released to the press said, according to Rolling Stone. 

The estate also claimed that ABC had employed a “copyrighted photo and silhouette image” of Jackson to promote the TV special. Ultimately, the promotional materials were removed after the estate’s attorneys filed a notice of copyright infringement. The trailer and commercials for the special were also pulled. However, the show is still scheduled to air May 24th, and boasts never-before-seen interviews between Jackson and Diane Sawyer and Barbara Walters. It also looks deep into Jackson’s life and career.

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