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US TV airs Jackson response
Michael Jackson
Jackson wants to prove the documentary was unfair

Video footage showing Michael Jackson's response to a documentary on his life by filmmaker Martin Bashir has been aired on US television.

The footage was shot by the pop star's own cameraman during the filming of Living With Michael Jackson, broadcast on ITV1 in the UK, and presented in a show entitled Michael Jackson, Take Two: The Interview They Wouldn't Show You.

The broadcaster Fox screened the footage in a two-hour special in which Jackson's ex-wife, parents, brother and make-up artist speak about the singer.

A Fox spokesman said that Jackson had no editorial control over the programme, adding that the aim of the show had been to reveal the "fuller story", the Associated Press news agency reported.

"Bashirs will come and go," said make-up artist Karen Faye on the programme, "but Michael will live forever in everyone's hearts."

Jackson has accused Bashir - who was not invited to be interviewed for the programme - of hypocrisy because of voice-overs in Bashir's film.


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.

Michael Jackson with his former wife Debbie Rowe (right)
Rowe [right] admitted that the pair had a "non-traditional family"
But Jackson was furious when he saw the finished programme, saying the show "could have led viewers to conclude that he abuses children".

In the Fox programme former wife Debbie Rowe says that she gave Jackson two children as a present and if wanted more she would give them to him "in a heartbeat".

Crying in the interview, she also admitted that the pair had a "non-traditional" family, but says that it was people's lack of openness that made them uncomfortable about their situation.

"My kids don't call me mom because I don't want them to," she said.

"These are Michael's children."

Jackson's brother, Jermaine, also appeared in the show.

Shown flanked by his parents, Jermaine spoke of police insensitivity during into the investigation into claims of child abuse against Jackson and called on authorities to "leave him alone".

'Truthful portrayal'

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

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".

Bashir said in a webchat after the programme was shown in the UK that he "was not accusing anybody of being a child molester or a paedophile".

"The film was fair to his [Jackson's] musical achievement and gave him every opportunity to explain himself," he said.



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