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Jackson response airs in US
Michael Jackson
Jackson wants to prove the original documentary was unfair
Journalist Martin Bashir has been seen lavishing praise on Michael Jackson in a two-hour show - the star's response to a documentary on his life - shown in the US on Thursday.

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.

It was presented in a show entitled Michael Jackson, Take Two: The Interview They Wouldn't Show You, on the US television network, Fox.

British viewers will be able to watch the documentary on Monday, 24 February, after it was bought by Sky One.

Jackson sold the footage to Fox for 1.6m because he felt he had been misrepresented in Bashir's original programme.

Rounded picture

Granada has since repeated its defence of the Bashir documentary.

"As we have said before, Martin Bashir has nothing to hide," said a Granada spokesman.

"He knew he was being filmed by Michael Jackson's aide at various times.

"This film has been made by selecting out of context sound bites from a few hours of material.

Michael Jackson with his former wife Debbie Rowe (right)
Rowe [right] said the pair had a "non-traditional family"

"By contrast our programme presented a rounded picture produced from many, many hours of filming over a number of months," the spokesman added.

"We still stand wholeheartedly by our documentary. We do not understand what all the fuss is about over this Fox programme."

The documentary showed Bashir showering compliments on Jackson for his generosity and praising his loving relationship with his children.

Bashir, who said Neverland was a "dangerous place" for vulnerable children in his documentary, is shown describing the ranch as "incredible".

"The problem is nobody actually comes here," he told Jackson before one of the interview sessions.

"But I was actually here yesterday and I saw it and it's nothing short of a spiritual kind of thing."

Bashir was also shown telling Jackson: "Your relationship with your children is spectacular.

Maury Povich, who hosted the special, said the Jackson footage contradicted the picture drawn by Bashir.

Jackson made an official complaint to TV watchdogs in Britain about Bashir's documentary in which Jackson said he sometimes shared a bedroom with children.


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