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With the discharge of the controversial new documentary Leaving Neverland, through which Wade Robson and James Safechuck allege years of childhood abuse by the hands of Michael Jackson, most of the different boys in Jackson’s circle have been introduced up as properly. One such buddy who has all the time maintained Jackson’s innocence is Macaulay Culkin, the House Alone actor who was among the many younger boys who frolicked with Jackson. Immediately, he is the godfather to Jackson’s daughter Paris, and he continues to defend the late singer in opposition to all accusations.
Most famously, Culkin testified in Jackson’s protection at his 2005 molestation trial. Initially, Culkin publicly mentioned he’d fairly not testify; he instructed Larry King, “Most likely not. Like I mentioned, it is loopy and I do not actually wish to be part of it . . . I am not saying I would not do one thing like that, it simply hasn’t been introduced as much as me and I do not assume he’d need me to both.”
Nonetheless, Culkin did testify, and because the information stories in Leaving Neverland additionally confirmed, the widespread thought on the time was that it was his testimony that struck the most important blow in Jackson’s favor. Culkin and Jackson had first met when Culkin was solely 9 years outdated, and he’d change into mates with Jackson after the singer reached out to him throughout his post-House Alone fame. In the course of the trial, Culkin vehemently denied that something inappropriate had occurred between him and Jackson, immediately repudiating claims by Neverland staffers that that they had seen Jackson behaving inappropriately towards Culkin whereas on the mansion.
Though he defended Jackson, Culkin’s testimony did corroborate a number of the claims later made by Leaving Neverland‘s James Safechuck: particularly, that Jackson tended to develop aside from the boys in his orbit as they reached their later teenagers, and that Jackson had an alarm system that allow him know if anybody was approaching his room.
“There was like a walkway sort of factor, the place if any person was approaching the door, it could sort of like ‘ding-dong, ding-dong.’ When anybody would method the room, yeah, you’d hear this sort of – tender sort of alarm, like ‘ding-dong’ sort of factor,” the transcript of Culkin’s testimony reads. He additionally testified that he had, certainly, slept in Jackson’s mattress, however that nothing inappropriate had gone on.
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In 2018, Culkin appeared on the WTF With Marc Maron podcast, the place the host requested Culkin about his relationship with Jackson.
“He was my greatest buddy rising up for , fats stretch of my life,” Culkin mentioned. When pressed about Jackson’s conduct and penchant for spending time with younger boys, Culkin added, “[Jackson was] emotionally younger . . . He loved my youthfulness. He appreciated being a child with me. It by no means struck me as odd. I by no means felt uncomfortable. That was simply the way in which he was.”
“It is virtually straightforward to strive say it was ‘bizarre’ or no matter, nevertheless it wasn’t, as a result of it made sense,” he mentioned. “”He reached out to me ‘trigger loads of issues had been taking place massive and quick with me. I feel he recognized with that.” He additionally claimed that his therapy of the singer as a “regular” individual cemented their relationship.
“I feel that is one of many causes additionally why we bought alongside, is that everybody’s all the time completely impressed by him. So the truth that any person handled him like a traditional individual . . . It was that easy.”
Culkin hardly ever speaks immediately in regards to the abuse allegations, and has all the time maintained that his relationship – and others’ relationships – with Jackson had been purely harmless. He has not commented within the wake of Leaving Neverland, and the documentary’s director Dan Reed instructed Vainness Truthful that he by no means approached Culkin whereas making the documentary.
“Macaulay has gone on the file many, many occasions, together with lately to say that his relationship with Jackson was harmless,” he mentioned.