A spokeswoman for Pepsi has come forward to dispute claims that the company was paid or chose to release footage of Michael Jackson’s horrific accident on the set of a 1984 commercial shoot. “We don’t know how the footage became available,” Pepsi spokeswoman Nicole Bradley told EW. “Twenty-five years later, weâd question why anyone would want to share such frightening images. It was a terrifying event that we’ll never forget.” The controversial video, released by US Weekly earlier this week, has been making rounds across the internet with millions catching a glimpse of Jackson’s disturbing accident and burns. Out of respect for the late entertainer and his family, Singersroom chose not to publish the video. What is most disturbing about the video footage however, is the fact that no one seems to know who owns it or who released it just weeks after the King of Pop’s untimely death. According to Entertainment Weekly, who spoke with Pepsi about the footage, a spokesman told them the company is not currently attempting to get the footage taken down because they “don’t know who owns it”. As covered when it happened in 1984, Jackson was burned severely when his hair and other items caught on fire while shooting a historic commercial for Pepsi. Jackson later settled with Pepsi, donating his $1.5 million judgment to the Brotman Medical Center in California.
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