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Macaulay Culkin sets the record straight about him and Michael.

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Macaulay Culkin Wants to Set the Record Straight About His Relationship With Michael Jackson
In our March cover story, the star goes into depth about his friendship with the late pop star and acting as godfather to Paris Jackson.

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BY ADRIENNE WESTENFELD
FEB 11, 2020

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If you saw HBO’s Leaving Neverland, the explosive documentary exploring allegations that Michael Jackson sexually abused children, you may have been surprised when Home Alone star Macaulay Culkin didn’t make an appearance. As a child, Culkin starred in the music video for Jackson’s “Black and White,” after which he and Jackson became lifelong friends. Throughout the years, as allegations of Jackson's behavior have exploded into the mainstream, Culkin has continuously denied that he ever had any sexual contact with Jackson.

In Esquire's March 2020 cover story, Culkin discusses at length his friendship with Jackson, going into detail about their relationship and what did and did not happen.

“Look,” Culkin said. “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 flash point in time, I’d have no reason to hold anything back. 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.”

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Culkin spoke about the special bond he and Jackson shared by virtue of their unique childhoods—or lack thereof. Both raised by fathers pushing them toward fame at a young age, Culkin and Jackson were kindred spirits, despite their 22-year age difference. The last time they encountered one another was in a men’s room at the Santa Barbara County Superior Courthouse in 2005, where Culkin testified as a character witness in People v. Michael Jackson, wherein Jackson was charged with intoxicating and molesting a 13-year-old boy who had cancer. Jackson was later acquitted.

“We better not talk,” Jackson said, according to Culkin. “I don’t want to influence your testimony.”

The two embraced before returning to court. It was the last time Culkin would see Jackson before he passed away in 2009.

Though Jackson has been dead for over a decade, Leaving Neverland has introduced new aftershocks into Culkin’s life. He spoke about a memorable celebrity encounter that occurred not long after the documentary’s release.
“Here’s a good Michael Jackson story that doesn’t involve Michael Jackson at all,” Culkin said. “I ran into James Franco on a plane. I’d bumped into him two or three times over the years. I give him 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!’ 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.’ ”

Culkin is godfather to Jackson’s daughter Paris, to whom he remains close. He has shared with her his habit of stealing spoons from restaurants, bars, and cafes as a bit of “harmless” fun. The two give one another spoons as gifts, and they have matching spoon tattoos on their forearms.

When Paris entered public life, Culkin had just one piece of advice, given by virtue of the spoons: “Don’t forget to be silly, don’t forget to take something away from this whole experience, and don’t forget to stick something up your sleeve.”

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Messaggio da leggere da soulmum » 11 febbraio 2020, 21:10

R.D. Smith
@YaAnieMit

Now watch the blue ticks attack Mac like they did Corey the other day and say shite like
“He was molested by Jackson but denies it because he’s godfather to Paris.” Or “he was paid” or “he’s still in love” or “he’s too ashamed” or all of that crap and more.





Jenny Winings
@JennyW526

You know, everyone wants Macaulay to come out and say MJ is guilty. When he says AGAIN for the millionth time that Michael isn’t guilty the first thing the public says is “he was too famous for Michael to abuse.” ARE YOU EFFING KIDDING ME???





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“We better not talk,” Jackson said, according to Culkin. “I don’t want to influence your testimony.” THANK YOU!

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https://www.showbiz411.com/2020/02/11/m ... hing-to-me

Home Celebrity Macaulay Culkin Exonerates Michael Jackson in New Interview: “Right now is a...
Macaulay Culkin Exonerates Michael Jackson in New Interview: “Right now is a good time to speak up…he never did anything to me”

by Roger Friedman - February 11, 2020

Macaulay Culkin exonerates Michael Jackson from all rumors concerning possible or alleged child molestation in the new issue of Esquire. Bravo to the magazine in the first place for putting Mack on the cover. And the piece itself is a terrific read.

But let’s cut to the chase. Culkin spent a lot of time with Michael when he was a child. Former Neverland employees made up all kinds of stories of things they said they saw concerning the older pop singer and the child star. But Culkin testified in 2005 at Michael’s trial that nothing untoward happened between them. He attended Jackson’s private funeral in 2009. And he’s remained close to Jackson’s daughter, Paris.

Now Macaulay says in Esquire that nothing happened between them except friendship. I believe him. In light of the one sided documentary Leaving Neverland, and lawsuits from Wade Robson and James Safechuck, Mack could just verify their stories and end all the speculation. But he doesn’t. Quite the contrary. I don’t think the Jackson Estate put him up to this. Culkin is very outspoken and not manipulated.

“Look,” he says in the magazine. “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 flash point in time, I’d have no reason to hold anything back. 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.”

And that’s it. He does recall his last meeting with Michael, seeing him in the men’s room of the Santa Maria courthouse. He says Michael didn’t want to taint his testimony so their conversation was limited. It’s instructive that Michael didn’t contact him during the following four years before his death. But Jackson was simply worn out mentally, I think, from the trauma of the trial. He couldn’t come back from it.

Anyway, nice story and and a good way to settle old rumors.







Mike Salazar
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Wade Robson's Leaving Neverland/false allegations with financial (100s of million $) motive: "Jackson coached me over the phone to have me on the stand as a defense witness in the 2005 trial".
No trace of these calls exist.
Meanwhile, the reality is way more normal and sadder:

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Macaulay Culkin
@IncredibleCulk

Wow, this guy looks just like me! Would you all mind picking up a copy of this month's
@Esquire
so we can get to the bottom of this mystery? Check it out now at http://esquire.com/mack

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MJJJusticeProject
@MJJJusticePrjct

Dan Reed did NOT dare to talk to Culkin or Barnes, or the plethora of other people who were around #MichaelJackson during their childhoods, because they do not support the BS money grab of the two story tellers, in Leaving Neverland-
@esquire





Leaving Neverland Facts
@NeverlandFacts

The Esquire interview with
@IncredibleCulk
re #MichaelJackson underscores how the mainstream media failed to hold Dan Reed accountable for smearing Macaulay and Brett Barnes in #LeavingNeverland without reaching out.Reporters at any credible outlet would have been fired for that.

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Keya Morgan
@KeyaMorgan

If Michael Jackson was such a big abuser, why is it Macaulay Culkin who was the cutest kid on earth and spent so many years with MJ NEVER saw anything bad? Not even once?? And he spent more time with MJ than any other child. NEVER saw MJ abuse anyone.




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@JuliaBerkowitz1

Let's not forget, when Wade Robson and his family moved to the US when Wade was 9, MJ didn't really spend much time with Wade. His mother complained that MJ spent more time with Macaulay Culkin and Brett Barnes. They claim Wade was "replaced" by them.





Keya Morgan
@KeyaMorgan

Every Michael Jackson fan should thank the Esquire writer
@rhdagostino
for writing the truth about Michael Jackson, and not cutting it out like most of the media. Thank you Ryan for doing such a great job with Macaulay Culkin & saying the truth.






Leaving Neverland Facts
@NeverlandFacts

The smear of Macaulay Culkin and Brett Barnes in #LeavingNeverland clearly stems from the long-simmering jealousies of Wade Robson and his mother Joy that #MichaelJackson befriended and spent time with Macaulay and Brett.






USA TODAY
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Macaulay Culkin is continuing to stand by Michael Jackson in latest interview.

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Pez Jax
@Pezjax

In March 2019, I appeared on Sky news and pointed out that Mack and Brett are the victims of a bizarre 'want' for them to have been abused, by Jackson detractors, when both state clearly they were not. It's unfortunate that in light of the Esquire interview, it's still happening.













Jacks
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#MacaulayCulkin: I was not molested
Random people: YES YOU WERE. Stop lying!
Maaulay Culkin: If I was molested, I would say it, but I was never molested.
Random people:YES YOU WERE! You have all the signs of abuse. I KNOW BETTER THAN YOU!
A taste of comments I’ve read

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Leaving Neverland Facts
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Macaulay Culkin's #Esquire interview in which he adamantly declares #MichaelJackson did nothing to him begs the question: Where were #HBO's lawyers and standards executives when it came to vetting #LeavingNeverland and how could they allow Dan Reed to avoid reaching out to him?





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Macaulay Culkin's interview and what it reveals about the Michael Jackson case

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It’s the moment that many have been waiting for.


Child movie star Macaulay Culkin, the most famous of all young Michael Jackson friends, has spoken.


A year on from the release of the Leaving Neverland film, the tabloids remain eager for another bombshell.


But in a new interview with Esquire, Culkin delivered what he dubbed “the truth” - nothing happened, neither to him or any other boys he saw in Jackson's company.


Although doubt still lingered in some quarters, Jackson’s reputation had recovered somewhat in the years after he was acquitted of child molestation by a court in 2005.


But then, a decade after his death, came Leaving Neverland. The film is based on the stories of two men who claimed they were abused by Jackson as children in the late 1980s to early 90s - the same period during which Culkin was also regularly at Jackson's side. Yet the Home Alone star remained unharmed.


The film’s director, Dan Reed, exploited a legal loophole which states the dead cannot be defamed, and therefore was able to make the decision not to present key information to viewers about the accusers’ past and their behaviour.


Even though Jackson, unable to defend himself, was essentially being tried in the court of public opinion, viewers were only getting the prosecution side. They weren't even told that both accusers were trying to revive a lawsuit against Jackson’s Estate.


The film was embraced by the mainstream media across the world, and the allegations within essentially reported as fact. With the MeToo movement at its height, few dared to offer any sort of challenge.


Reed claimed that over a period of 18 months, he "tried to poke holes" in the accusers' accounts. Given how easy it was for a handful of journalists and Jackson fans to highlight flaws, Reed must have chosen to ignore his findings. Or he didn't do any research at all, and just decided to go with what he was being told.


Either way, it was a failure in journalism.


When several scenarios in the film were proven, with evidence, to be untrue, Reed desperately defended his film on social media.


He claimed more victims would speak out as a result of his film, but none have been forthcoming. Brett Barnes, who accompanied Jackson on a world tour as a child, immediately rushed to his defence.

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Jackson and Culkin on holiday in Bermuda, 1991
Having had the best part of a year to stew over Leaving Neverland and the subsequent fallout, Macaulay Culkin has now broken his silence on the issue.


And Culkin admitted he would have “no reason” to cover for Jackson at this stage in his life.


“The guy has passed on,” Culkin said. “At this flash point in time, I’d have no reason to hold anything back.”


The emergence of the MeToo movement, Culkin acknowledged, also makes it “a good time to speak up”.


“If I had something to speak up about, I would totally do it," he added. "But no, I never saw anything; he never did anything.”


So for the umpteenth time, Culkin was asked the question. And the answer remains the same.


Those assured of Jackson’s guilt claim Culkin was simply 'too famous' to be a target. That’s why he wasn’t abused, they say. But they’re mistaken. Culkin says he recognises what child abuse is, having himself been a victim at the hands of his physically violent father. And he wasn't afraid to talk about it.


That domestic ordeal, plus the immense pressure of childhood stardom, made Culkin a very vulnerable young boy, regardless of his celebrity status.


And Jackson and Culkin’s friendship wasn’t a short-lived one. The two met in 1990, when Culkin was ten, and spent the best part of two years by each other’s side.


“Seriously, he was like my best friend for a good long stretch,” Culkin once said. “It was a legitimate friendship.”


There were sleepovers aplenty at Neverland with other youngsters present, trips to Disneyland and even a holiday in Bermuda, where the two shared a hotel room.


If Jackson’s only motive for hanging out with young boys was to abuse them, then he wasted an awful lot of time on Macaulay Culkin.

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https://www.thedailybeast.com/macaulay- ... ia=desktop

Macaulay Culkin: Michael Jackson ‘Never Did Anything’ to Me

Julia Arciga
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Published Feb. 11, 2020

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Actor Macaulay Culkin sought to end long-running speculation about his ties to singer Michael Jackson in an Esquire interview on Tuesday, telling the magazine Jackson “never did anything” to him despite Culkin spending time at the singer's home when he was young. “I never saw him do anything. And especially at this flash point in time, I’d have no reason to hold anything back. The guy has passed on,” he said. “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.” The assertion from the Home Alone actor comes after Jackson faced allegations of child sex abuse for years, culminating in the premiere of the Leaving Neverland documentary—which outlined abuse claims against Jackson.

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And here's how Macaulay learnt in 2005 that the prosecutors claim him to be a victim, despite of him saying otherwise. They didn't even bother to reach out to him to ask what he has to say about that!

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