The Simpsons' producer claims Michael Jackson used show to groom boys

A producer of The Simpsons has claimed Michael Jackson used the popular cartoon television show to groom underage boys for sex.

Long-time screenwriter and producer on the show, Al Jean, shared the grim theory after The Simpsons pulled a 1991 episode featuring the singer from circulation.

The decision to pull the episode, titled 'Stark Raving Dad', came after the show's producers viewed the Leaving Neverland documentary which details allegations of paedophilia and sexual abuse against Jackson.

In an interview with The Daily Beast, Jean said after watching the documentary he now fears Jackson used the cartoon show to groom young boys.

"What saddens me is, if you watch that documentary, which I did and several of us here did, and you watch that episode, honestly, it looks like the episode was used by Michael Jackson for something other than what we intended it," he said.

"I think it was part of what he used to groom boys."

While Jean admitted he didn't know that for sure, the possibility that he exploited the television show made him "very, very sad".

Jackson's estate has strongly denied the allegations made in the documentary and has filed a lawsuit against HBO for airing it.