Macaulay Culkin insists Michael Jackson had never done anything to him in the duration of his relationship with the late King of Pop. The famed former child-actor discussed the matter in a rare interview with Esquire magazine.
At the peak of his fame, Culkin’s 11-year-old self starred in Jackson’s “Black or White” music video released in 1991. Since then, the two formed a close friendship which was brought into question when the late superstar faced accusations of sexually abusing young boys.
Whether or not Jackson has ever victimized Culkin is a question that continues to be raised time and time again. But according to the now 39-year-old, he never had an experience with the Jackson that would be deemed inappropriate.
“I’m gonna begin with the line — it’s not a line, it’s the truth — he never did anything to me,” Culkin bluntly said in the cover interview for the magazine. In retrospect, Culkin also explained that there would be “no reason to hold anything back” given the time that has passed since the accusations emerged and since Jackson’s death.
“The guy has passed on. If anything–I’m not gonna say it would be stylish or anything like that–but right now is a good time to speak up. And if I had something to speak up about, I would totally do it. But no, I never saw anything; he never did anything.”
Culkin’s remarks come as pivotal movements — #MeToo and #TimesUp — against sexual harassment and assault have made a significant impact in the entertainment industry.
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“People assume that I’m crazy, or a kook, or damaged,” the former child superstar tells us of the public’s misperceptions in our March cover story. “Weird. Cracked. And up until the last year or two, I haven’t really put myself out there at all. So I can understand that. It’s also like, Okay, everybody, stop acting so freaking shocked that I’m relatively well-adjusted. Look: I’m a pretty peerless person.” . Photos: @robbiefimmano Styling: @gusromero1 Full story available at the link in our bio.