A DESIGNER fashion range inspired by Michael Jackson has been axed amid child sex abuse claims.
Louis Vuitton said it will no longer make any items which pay tribute to the pop icon after he was accused of abusing two children in the Leaving Neverland documentary.
The French fashion house unveiled the designs during their January menswear show – over a week before the shocking documentary premiered at the Sundance film festival.
The pieces were expected to go on sale this summer but they have since been pulled by the luxury retailer after the allegations came to light.
The items which have been pulled include a pleated shendyt, a collection of flag print pieces – which is a nod to We are the World.
Other items include a jumper, shirt, trousers, and a hoodie with cartoons figures from The Wiz, a musical Jacko starred in.
Child safety and welfare is of utmost importance to Louis Vuitton. We are fully committed to advocating this cause.”
A jacket based on the one worn by pop icon in the music video Beat It has also been pulled.
The event was held at the Tuileres gardens in Paris and Jackson’s music was also played throughout the event.
Men’s artistic director at Louis Vuitton Virgil Abloh told fashion website WWD: “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 the company CEO Michael Burke said: “Child safety and welfare is of utmost importance to Louis Vuitton. We are fully committed to advocating this cause.”
And they will not make any items which “that directly features Michael Jackson.”
The Sun Online has contacted Louis Vuitton for comment.
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