Terrified Channel 4 staff harassed over controversial Michael Jackson documentary

Channel 4 staff have been left in fear over aggressive tactics used by angry Michael Jackson fans over the broadcaster’s upcoming documentary.

Staff at the channel have apparently been targeted by fans of the late pop star over the broadcaster’s decision to air controversial doc Leaving Neverland.

According to reports, Channel 4 boss Ian Katz has urged staff to come forward if they’re facing harassment from crazed fans.

The Sun reports that Katz said in an email to staff: “There has been quite a bit of co-ordinated protest against the film from both the Jackson estate and fans’ groups, including some C4 employees being targeted with online abuse.”

Leaving Neverland will air on Channel 4 on March 6 and March 7 in two parts, starting at 9pm each night.

Michael Jackson’s estate sent a letter to Channel 4 and co-producers HBO earlier this year warning them that the documentary “violates programming guidelines”.

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MICHAEL JACKSON: Channel 4’s documentary has angered fans (Pic: Getty)

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THREATS: Channel 4 staff are getting threats (Pic: Getty)

The documentary features two men who accuse the singer of child abuse, but Jackson’s estate has claimed that it makes no effort at getting a response to the accusers.

Both the accusers featured in the film filed lawsuits against the star, which are currently on appeal after being dismissed.

However, Channel 4 later hit out at the claims made against the documentary in a statement.

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CONTROVERSIAL: Fans have tried to get the documentary taken off the air (Pic: Getty)

“On this occasion the person against whom the significant allegations are being made is deceased,” said a spokesperson for the broadcaster.

“It is therefore appropriate that his denials during life are included in the program.”

Jackson died in 2009 of an overdose of the drugs propofol and benzodiazepine after suffering a cardiac arrest.