NME Festival blog: Corey Feldman speaks out on his friendship with Michael Jackson following ‘Leaving Neverland’ allegations

The child star was a close friend of the late singer during his teens

Corey Feldman has spoken out once again on the allegations of abuse which were levelled at Michael Jackson in the controversial documentary Leaving Neverland, maintaining that the late singer never sexually abused him as a child.

Dan Reed’s film focused on allegations made by Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who both claim that Jackson sexually abused them when they were children. Jackson denied any wrongdoing up until his death in 2009.

Feldman, who shot to fame as a teenager in the 1980s through roles in such films as Stand By Me and The Goonies, has already spoken out on Jackson following the airing of Leaving Neverland. After initially defending Jackson on Twitter, Feldman later admitted during a March TV interview that he “cannot in good conscience defend anyone who’s being accused of such horrendous crimes”.

The subject has been broached again in a new interview Feldman has given to Rolling Stone, in which he primarily spoke about a documentary that he is currently making which intends to expose paedophilia in Hollywood.

Corey Feldman

Corey Feldman

Asked about his take on the content of Leaving Neverland, Feldman, who, as the profile notes, “has always said Jackson never touched him inappropriately”, said that it caused him “to have concerns”.

“It’s the standard grooming process that they describe,” Feldman said in reference to Robson and Safechuck’s allegations. “Everything was similar [to what happened to me] up until the sexual part. Everything. [Jackson] bought me gifts, a Watchman TV, a gold watch from Disneyland. So was he grooming me and I just never ended up being his pick? Or was that just who he was? That’s the fucking thing. We’ll never know.

“But I would have been exactly his type. I was cute, short and blonde. You know?”

Earlier this month, a counter-documentary featuring two members of the Jackson family aired in which they defended the singer against the allegations made in Leaving Neverland.

Elsewhere, the producers of an upcoming Michael Jackson musical have said that their production will not be affected by the fallout surrounding Leaving Neverland.


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