THE Simpsons boss Al Jean claims Michael Jackson used the popular cartoon show to groom underage boys for sex.
The Sun reports that screenwriter and producer Al, 58, shed further light on why the episode Stark Raving Dad, featuring the controversial singer, had been pulled from circulation.
He said: “I think it was part of what he used to groom boys.
“I really don’t know, and I should be very careful because this is not something I know personally, but as far as what I think, that’s what I think.
“And that makes me very, very sad.”
It comes in the wake of the decision to remove the episode, in which Jackson voiced one-off character Leon Kompowsky, from televisions around the world.
Allegations the Billy Jean singer, who died in 2009, sexually abused boys resurfaced in recent documentary Leaving Neverland, with two alleged victims giving testimony.
Michael Jackson strongly denied all allegations of sex abuse made against him.
His family and estate have slammed the documentary calling it one-sided.
In The Simpsons episode Stark Raving Dad Homer ends up in a mental institution and meets a patient who claims to be the King of Pop.
The character, Leon Kompowsky, was voiced by Jacko in 1991 but the fallen star was never credited for his role for contractual reasons.
“There are a lot of great memories we have wrapped up in that one, and this certainly doesn’t allow them to remain,” James L. Brooks told the Wall Street Journal referring to the documentary.
He said pulling the episode was important because of the need to show compassion for Jackson’s alleged victims.
“The documentary gave evidence of monstrous behaviour, he said.
This article originally appeared in The Sun and is republished here with permission