Friday, 21 June 2019
The Alderman of Culture, Delphine Houba, has scrapped the decision to dress the Manneken Pis in a Michael Jackson costume, following accusations of pedophilia against the star, reports Belgian Media.
Next Tuesday, the iconic Brussels statue Manneken Pis was due to wear a Michael Jackson costume to mark the ten year anniversary of the pop star’s death. However, the Alderman of Culture, Delphine Houba, has intervened, banning the costume on account of pedophilia accusations against Jackson.
Houba’s decision was reportedly formed after the Alderman watched the documentary ‘Leaving Neverland’, in which two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, allege that they were sexually abused as children by Jackson.
The costume, which has already been made, will not be officially handed over to the City authorities as is customary, nor will it be exhibited at the Manneken Pis Museum, which currently holds 1,025 costumes for the statue.
The Brussels Times