After HBO‘s Leaving Neverland, a new documentary featuring bombshell allegations against Michael Jackson, the late singer’s longtime friend Corey Feldman has said he can no longer stay silent.
On CNN’s Headline News, Feldman said,
“I don’t want to be perceived as I’m here to defend Michael, because I can no longer do that. I can not in good consciousness defend anyone who’s being accused of such horrendous crimes. But at the same time, I’m also not here to judge him, because again, he did not do those things to me and that was not my experience.”
Feldman called the documentary one-sided but suffering sexual abuse as a child in Hollywood, he attempted to explain his very conflicted feelings maintaining that between himself & Jackson,
“absolutely nothing inappropriate ever happened.
You’re a kid who has endured sexual abuse and during those times, I’m looking to somebody like Michael Jackson as a friend, as a big brother figure. And he was that person to me, however, as you’re friends with this guy, all of a sudden you start to hear more and more accusations thrown around by various people.
It comes to a point where as an advocate for victims, as an advocate for changing the statutes of limitations to make sure that victims’ voices are heard, it becomes impossible for me to stay virtuous and not at least consider what’s being said and not listen to what the victims are saying.“
Adding that it’s
“very important” to “consider all sides of this, even as uncomfortable as that might be.”
Feldman said he only watched half of the four-hour documentary, in which accusers Wade Robson and James Safechuck go into great detail about their relationships with Jackson as children. He said watching part of the documentary had been
“very emotional . . . very painful.”
He said the accusations were
“shocking and disturbing, there’s nothing else that can be said of it.”
Jackson’s estate is now suing HBO for $100 million, saying the doc is,
“false” and the accusers “disgraceful.”
Feldman said earlier,
“I want to be very clear. I stand for any and all victims of sexual abuse or assault. As a survivor and someone who has been fighting for this to become a focal topic of our society for decades and is fighting diligently to abolish the statutes of limitations across the country, I applaud all victims for letting their voices be heard and I encourage the public debate to continue.”
In his 2013 memoir, Coreyography, Feldman described the sexual abuse that he says he faced as a teenager in Hollywood.
(Photo, YouTube; via Vanity Fair)