The shocking allegations of child sexual abuse made by Wade Robson and James Safechuck against Michael Jackson in the HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland” are beyond disturbing, and a former child star who was once close to the late King of Pop is speaking out about the accusations.
Kieran Culkin, currently starring in HBO’s “Succession”, is the younger brother of “Home Alone” star Macaulay Culkin, and would occasionally accompany his brother on sleepovers at Jackson’s Neverland Ranch, where Safechuck and Robson allege they were molested repeatedly by the “Thriller” singer.
In British journalist Martin Bashir’s 2003 interview with Jackson, who died in 2009, the late singer said he had “slept in a bed with many children. I slept in a bed with all of them when Macaulay Culkin was little. Kieran Culkin would sleep on this side, Macaulay Culkin was on this side. We all would just jam in the bed.”
Asked about the men’s allegations, Culkin says that he really doesn’t have anything to contribute to the conversation.
“The only thing I can say is that I can’t really say anything and the reason for that is, I can’t be helpful to anyone,” Culkin, 36, said in an interview with the Guardian.
“To me, it seems like there’s two sides to this thing and because I can’t be helpful on one side or the other, anything I say and anything that gets put out in print could only hurt somebody and there’s already a lot of really hurt feelings. There are already a lot of people who are in a difficult position and if I contribute in any way, it’s just going to hurt someone because I can’t actually help.”
Macaulay Culkin has denied that Jackson ever acted inappropriately with him when he was a child.
“It’s almost easy to say it was weird or whatever, but it wasn’t, because it made sense,” the elder Culkin brother said of his friendship with Jackson in a podcast interview. “It’s one of my friendships that people question, only because of the fact that he was the most famous person in the world.”