Following the release of controversial documentary Leaving Neverland, which alleges Michael Jackson sexually abused young boys in the 1980s and 1990s, many fans have been left questioning their support for the ‘King of Pop’.
One of the boys mentioned in the documentary is child star Macaulay Culkin, who struck up a friendship with Jackson around the time when the first Home Alone movie was released, when he was nine.
Culkin, now 38, has repeatedly defended Jackson, and discussed the sexual abuse allegations against the late singer and their “normal friendship” in January this year.
“For me, it’s so normal and mundane…,” he told Michael Rosenbaum’s podcast, Inside of You. “I know it’s a big deal to everyone else but to me, it was a normal friendship.”
“It’s easy to say it was ‘weird’ or whatever, but it wasn’t, because it made sense.”
Culkin believes people only “questioned” the friendship, due to the fact Jackson “was the most famous person in the world”.
Just like Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who discuss being sexually abused by Jackson in the documentary, Culkin made multiple visits to the Neverland Ranch.
However, Culkin has always denied he was ever sexually abused by Jackson and has discussed sharing a bed with him in the past.
In 2005, when Jackson was taken to court for allegedly molesting minor Gavin Arvizo, Culkin testified in Jackson’s defence.
When the then 24-year-old was asked if he’d ever been inappropriately touched by Jackson, he answered “never” and “absolutely not”.
He also branded the allegations made against Jackson “absolutely ridiculous”.
On the stand Culkin did, however, confirm he shared a bed with Jackson, but reiterated nothing inappropriate happened.
His parents were also aware and apparently “never really saw it as an issue”.
The accuser in the 2005 trial claimed the corridor to Jackson’s bedroom was alarmed, which Culkin confirmed was true.
“There was like a walkway kind of thing, where if someone was approaching the door, it would kind of like ‘ding-dong ding-dong’,” Culkin stated.
“When anyone would approach the room you’d hear this kind of… soft kind of alarm.”
Culkin reportedly remained close to Jackson until his death in 2009 and still has a close relationship with his only daughter, Paris Jackson, whom he is godfather to.
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