*Organizers of the Michael Jackson tribute concert in Wales have dropped rock band KISS from the line-up after TMZ reported that the band’s bass player accused Jackson of being a child molester.
Jackson’s estate, who has no part of the Oct. 8 concert in Cardiff, Wales, is threatening the promoters with legal action, claiming those behind the event were taking advantage of the singer’s name, reports the Associated Press.
Howard Weitzman, the lawyer of the Estate, sent a letter to the promoters highlighting concerns that Gene Simmons’ group had been booked to play at the concert to be held at the Millennium Stadium.
“It was extraordinarily embarrassing when no sooner than you announced this ‘news’ that he would participate in your concert that TMZ posted an item noting that Mr. Simmons called Michael Jackson – the man you are purportedly honoring – a child molester,” Weitzman wrote.
Global Events Live CEO Chris Hunt accepted the blame and dropped KISS from the line-up today, calling the booking an “oversight.” Jackson was acquitted of child molestation charges in 2005 after a hugely-publicized trial that lasted five months.