Michael Jackson performs in concert circa 1995. (Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

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Michael Jackson Estate Slams ‘Last Days’ TV Special by ABC, Disney

The documentary on the his final days is called a "crass and unauthorized" exploitation attempt.

The Michael Jackson estate has voiced its strong objections to ABC and its parent company Disney over the upcoming documentary The Last Days of Michael Jackson, a two-hour special that the estate claims was made without their authorization.

“We want consumers to know that The Last Days of Michael Jackson, a television special airing on ABC TV (a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company) tomorrow May 24th, is not sponsored or approved by the Estate of Michael Jackson,” a statement released to the press said, according to Rolling Stone. 

The estate also claimed that ABC had employed a “copyrighted photo and silhouette image” of Jackson to promote the TV special. Ultimately, the promotional materials were removed after the estate’s attorneys filed a notice of copyright infringement. The trailer and commercials for the special were also pulled. However, the show is still scheduled to air May 24th, and boasts never-before-seen interviews between Jackson and Diane Sawyer and Barbara Walters. It also looks deep into Jackson’s life and career.

Read the full story at Rolling Stone