Corey Feldman speaks out in defence of Michael Jackson following documentary release
The allegations of sexual misconduct and child abuse against Michael Jackson have once again come into the spotlight after the release of a new documentary. Leaving Neverland, a four-hour film featuring extensive interviews with two men who accuse the musician of molesting them as young boys, premiered at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. The first screening left audiences shocked, with the Jackson estate dismissing the claims made and even suing HBO, the network that broadcasted the documentary in the United States.
Following the broadcast, accusers Wade Robson and James Safechuck spoke with Oprah Winfrey about the time they spent with Jackson as children. “Michael drilled in you, ‘If you’re caught, we’re caught, your life is over, my life is over,’” Safechuck said. “It’s repeated over and over again, it’s drilled into your nervous system. It takes a lot of work to sort through that.”
Now, Corey Feldman has come forward to defend Jackson after watching the documentary. Feldman, who gained fame as a child actor in films such as The Goonies, spent time on Jackson's Neverland Ranch, and in a series of tweets said that the singer had "never touched me inappropriately, & never ever suggested we should be lovers in any way".
“All I know is what I experienced, and yes, every experience was the same right up to the sex part. That is where it becomes La La Land, instead of Neverland for me.
“I wasn’t there when those boys were. But i was there around the same time as Jimmy and I saw many kids around (girls included) who I am still friends with to this day and none of us were ever approached by him in a sexual way at all."
He went on to admit that the two men "deserve to have their voices heard," but claimed that there are many others who don't agree. Feldman took issue with the documentary being supposedly "one-sided," and even suggested that the two men may have felt abandoned by Jackson.
“Given the opportunity which he certainly had with me and others, being alone, with no parents around, how did he control those urges so well, while so blatantly sexual with those two boys? It doesn’t really fit the profile. But what motive besides $ do they have? Abandonment is a strong one."
Feldman has previously talked about being molested as a child, but not by Jackson. He spoke out against his former assistant and co-star Jon Grissom of sexually abusing him, and has been very outspoken about the abuse of child actors in Hollywood. In November 2017, he claimed that Corey Haim, who passed away in 2010, was abused by others in the industry.
He claimed that six abusers, "one of whom is still very powerful today," and claims he will reveal their names at some point in the future - but hasn't for fear of being the target of an attack.