CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has confirmed its Michael Jackson memorabilia isn’t going anywhere. It’s been a question at many museums across the country as the late king of pop has become the subject of sexual abuse allegations in the four hour documentary, "Leaving Neverland."
Jackson was inducted as a member of the Jackson 5 in 1997 and as a solo artist in 2001.The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame issued a statement saying in part, "As with all of our inductees, Jackson was recognized for musical excellence and talent as well as having a significant impact on rock & roll, and was elected by a diverse voting body of historians, fellow musicians, and music industry professionals." Cleveland 19 asked visitors how they feel despite allegations from two men that Jackson sexually abused them after befriending them when they were kids. Carla Egan from Wisconsin said, “I think it should stay. I think there are things in other people's past that haven't been uncovered that probably maybe in there too.” Ginger Brennan from New Jersey said, “I love his music. I think it's wonderful and it's a wonderful museum too.” Sue Livingston of Shaker Heights said, “Then, there's the other part that's so wrong and what do we do in those cases. So, I think it's a big social question on what to do about it.” Other museums across the country have written off Jackson since the documentary premiere. The Children's Museum of Indianapolis removed the late singer's fedora and his white gloves from one exhibit.
The Jackson family told CBS News they believe the two men alleging the assault are "opportunists" and "admitted liars."
According to Billboard, Jackson’s song sales dropped by 5 percent after the documentary premiere, his album sales alone dropped by 39 percent and his on-demand streams fell from 19.7 million to 18.7 million.