Macaulay Culkin referring to Michael Jackson: He never did anything to me

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Dorothy Lac in Music

Last updated: 12 February 2020, 08:51 GMT

Macaulay Culkin is steadfast in his claims that Michael Jackson never touched him as a kid.

Culkin discussed his relationship with Jackson in a new interview with Esquire, and the long-standing rumors that Jackson might have sexually abused him.

Culkin said:

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"Look, I'm gonna begin with the line-it's not a line, it's the truth: He never did anything to me.

"I never saw him do anything. And especially at this flashpoint in time, I'd have no reason to hold anything back. The guy has passed on."

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He continued:

"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."

Michael Jackson was eventually forced to prove his innocence in a court of law and was found not guilty of all charges.

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However, years later the speculation still remains, particularly after claims in Leaving Neverland, a HBO documentary featuring several people who say they were abused by the singer.

Culkin tell the interviewer about an experience he'd had when meeting fellow Hollywood star James Franco on a plane.

The 39-year-old explained: "I give him [Franco] a little nod as we're putting our bags overhead. 'Hey, how you doing?' 'Good, how ya doing?' And it was right after the Leaving Neverland documentary came out, and he goes, 'So, that documentary!'

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"And that was all he said. I was like, 'Uh-huh'. Silence.

"So then he goes, 'So what do you think?' And I turned to him and I go, 'Do you wanna talk about your dead friend?' And he sheepishly went, 'No, I don't'.

"So I said, 'Cool, man, it was nice to see you'."

Jackson and Culkin met in the early '90s, following the actor’s success in 1990’s Home Alone. They formed a close friendship, particularly since Culkin’s notoriety alienated him from his classmates.

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Culkin also starred in the music video for Jackson's hit ' Black or White'.

Jackson died in 2009 due to cardiac arrest. He was 50 years old.

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