Michael Jackson's name may reportedly be removed from MTV VMA Vanguard Award over sexual abuse allegations

Asian News International

Jul 28, 2019 12:19:31 IST

The ongoing controversy over late pop icon Michael Jackson's documentary Leaving Neverland might get MTV to remove his name from the 'Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award' presented during Video Music Awards.

"There's a lot of heated discussion at the network about how to handle the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award this year, and it's getting ugly," Page Six quoted a source as revealing.

Michael Jacksons name may reportedly be removed from MTV VMA Vanguard Award over sexual abuse allegations

A still from Leaving Neverland. Image from Twitter/HBO

The insider added, "There's talk about if they should change the name, or get rid of it altogether. [There's also talk] About who would present it and who would accept it. It's a mess."

This comes in the wake of the HBO's controversial documentary which focuses on some disturbing sexual-abuse allegations by former Jackson proteges Wade Robson and James Safechuck.

They both claim that Jackson maintained an intimate relationship with them.

However, the allegations are denied by Jackson's estate following which they filed a $100 million lawsuit against HBO.

According to the lawsuit, HBO violated a clause from a 1992 contract which barred the network from making "disparaging remarks" about Jackson.

HBO's counter-statement to the lawsuit stated that the contract has expired.

But MTV still has time to decide on the award's name as it is not presented annually.

Jackson himself received the Vanguard Award in 1988, and later to honour the pop king, MTV renamed and added Jackson's name to the award in 1991.

Rihanna, Beyonce, Kanye West, Britney Spears, U2 and Jennifer Lopez are some of the stars bestowed with the award.

The VMAs will take place in August this year.

Updated Date: Jul 28, 2019 12:21:10 IST