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Wednesday, 12 February, 2003, 18:02 GMT
Jackson releases 'betrayal' footage
Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson wants to prove the show was unfair
Michael Jackson has released a clip of footage he says shows he was betrayed by a TV documentary made by interviewer Martin Bashir.

The clip contains brief highlights of footage shot by the superstar's own cameraman during the making of ITV1's Living With Michael Jackson.

The footage shows Jackson being complimented off-camera by Bashir on his fathering skills, describing the star's relationship with his children as "spectacular".

Michael Jackson
On the face of it, either Martin Bashir was lying to Michael or was misleading his audience

Statement
Michael Jackson

The clip will not be seen in the US, as Jackson has agreed a deal for US TV network Fox to screen the full footage in a two-hour special on 20 February.

In the clip Bashir says: "Your relationship with your children is spectacular."

"I love them," replies Jackson.

'So loving'

Bashir adds: "It almost makes me weep when I see you with them.

"Because your interaction with them is just so natural, so loving, so caring."

Jackson has said Bashir was "hypocritical" because of documentary voice-overs in Bashir's programme which criticised his approach.

At the end of the clip, Bashir says: "Everybody who comes into contact with you knows this."

The Fox show will not include any new interview footage with Jackson, but will feature an interview with Jackson's former wife Debby Rowe.

It is provisionally titled Michael Jackson, Take Two: The Interview They Wouldn't Show You.

The full footage will be highly anticipated after Living With Michael Jackson became the week's most popular show when it was shown in the US on Thursday, attracting more than 27 million viewers.

Martin Bashir
The programme's makers have defended it as truthful
The footage will also show Bashir "making many statements about how he feels it is a pity that the world is so quick to criticise Michael".

"On the face of it, either Martin Bashir was lying to Michael or was misleading his audience on the voice-overs on the film," a statement from Jackson has said.

Bashir spent eight months with Jackson during the making of the documentary and was said to have been given unlimited access to the pop star's life.

Jackson was furious when he saw the finished programme, saying the show "could have led viewers to conclude that he abuses children".

Viewers saw Jackson tell Bashir that he sometimes shared a bedroom with children as Bashir questioned him about his parenting abilities and personal life.

We are convinced that he [Jackson] is on the verge of suicide right now

Alex Poe
Right Way Youth Activities Inc
Granada Television, which made Living With Michael Jackson, has insisted it was a "truthful, open and intimate portrayal" of the star, with "no distortion, misrepresentation or breach of trust".

Martin Bashir is also expected to break his silence on the documentary in a webchat on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, 200 members of a Los Angeles youth group are so worried that the documentary has pushed Jackson to the brink of suicide that they will hold a vigil at his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The members of the Right Way Youth Activities Inc are hoping to inspire people to pray for the singer.

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