AceShowbiz - Officials representing Michael Jackson's estate have slammed ABC TV bosses for agreeing to air an upcoming two-hour special about the King of Pop's final days.
The Last Days of Michael Jackson will debut in America on Thursday, May 24, and estate chiefs are calling it "crass" and exploitative.
"We believe the special to be another crass and unauthorized attempt to exploit the life, music and image of Michael Jackson without respect for Michael's legacy, intellectual property rights or his children," a statement reads.
They have also attacked ABC's Disney bosses over the TV special's use of protected music, photographs and artwork.
"It is particularly disheartening that Disney, a company known to strongly believe in protecting its own IP (intellectual property) rights, would choose to ignore these rights belonging to the Estate," the statement continues.
Jackson died in 2009 of "acute propofol intoxication".
The TV special will chronicle the final days of his life as the King of Pop rehearsed and prepared for a run of comeback concerts in London.