Quebec radio stations stop playing Michael Jackson songs

After Neverland Oprah Winfrey wades into Michael Jackson accusations

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Canada's Cogeco Media, which owns several radio stations in Montreal, said it had temporarily pulled Jackson's songs from airplay because of the documentary.

The four-hour film presents in excruciatingly granular detail the stories of two men who say Jackson - who died almost a decade ago - sexually abused them for years when they were minors.

The allegations and documentary Leaving Neverland have the potential to destroy Michael Jackson's legacy and though the estate has filed a lawsuit against HBO, it appears this time the damage may already be done.

If you're keen to watch Leaving Neverland, the documentary is airing in Australia on Channel 10 over two nights, this Friday, March 8 at 8.30pm and Saturday, March 9 at 8.30pm.

Jackson adamantly maintained he never harmed children.

Both had previously told authorities there had been no abuse, with Robson testifying in Jackson's defence at the 2005 molestation trial that ended with the superstar's acquittal.

But as filmmaker Dan Reed explained in the new special Oprah Winfrey Presents: After Neverland (available now on Crave), he didn't see any point in having members of the Jackson family denying actions that happened behind closed doors.

Jackson and Feldman became friends in the mid-80s when the child actor was at the height of his career thanks to his roles in Gremlins, The Goonies, and Stand by Me.

The King of Pop, who died in June 2009 at the age of 50, was long dogged by allegations tied to his relationship with children. The company operates 23 radio stations in total that reach more than five million listeners per week.

It also follows a new documentary hitting TV screens around the world, which makes explosive sexual assault claims against Jackson.

Mediaworks would not comment on when Jackson's music might return to airwaves, saying they "will be guided by their audience".

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