Leaving Neverland: Why is "good friend" Macaulay Culkin silent on allegations of sexual abuse against Michael Jackson?

He defended him eagerly while he was alive and in numerous interviews after his death, so what is stopping him now? 


                            Leaving Neverland: Why is "good friend" Macaulay Culkin silent on allegations of sexual abuse against Michael Jackson?

'Leaving Neverland', the latest documentary about allegations of sexual abuse against late pop star Michael Jackson has been causing waves of controversy, to say the least.

Heated discussions have been the going on about the legitimacy of the claims the Channel 4 and HBO documentary makes about Jackson's alleged sexual abuse of two then minor boys, Wade Robson and James Safechuck.

A lawsuit worth about a $100 million has also been flung at HBO by Jackson's estate for allegedly not reaching out to them for their reactions to the allegations.

The internet is rife with opinions about whether or not his music needs to die in the wake of the allegations. In the documentary, director Dan Reed has compared the late Michael Jackson to shamed TV host and serial abuser Jimmy Savile, saying there are parallels between the two men in their actions.

Various public figures have commented on the film, with BBC filmmaker Louis Theroux calling Jackson "a pedophile." 

Michael Jackson and Macaulay Culkin (Photo by Kevin Kane/WireImage)
Michael Jackson and Macaulay Culkin (Photo by Kevin Kane/WireImage)

 

The one person notably missing on all the action? Jackson's "best friend" Macaulay Culkin. "Seriously, he was like my best friend for a good long stretch," Culkin told in an interview in January last year. "It was a legitimate friendship."

Their friendship has raised eyebrows through the years, after all, he was only 10 years old when the King of Pop, who was 22 years older than him, took him under his wing way back in the early 1990s.

The 'Home Alone' star has said time and time again that it was because Jackson identified with Culkin, as he too had found fame at a very young age.

Culkin and Jackson were close. So close, that not only did they sleep on the same bed on many occasions and enjoyed each other's company, but Culkin also testified in defense of Jackson when he faced charges for allegedly molesting 13-year-old Gavin Arvizo.

"Absolutely ridiculous", Culkin is said to have told the court about the allegations, according to CNN and testified that the time he spent in the now infamous Neverland Ranch was "good old fun".

Actor Macaulay Culkin leaves the Santa Barbara County Courthouse after testifying in Michael Jackson's child molestation trial May 11, 2005 in Santa Maria, California. Jackson is charged in a 10-count indictment with molesting a boy, plying him with liquor and conspiring to commit child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion. (Getty Images)
Actor Macaulay Culkin leaves the Santa Barbara County Courthouse after testifying in Michael Jackson's child molestation trial May 11, 2005 in Santa Maria, California. Jackson is charged in a 10-count indictment with molesting a boy, plying him with liquor and conspiring to commit child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion. (Getty Images)

Interestingly, when he appeared on Larry King Live at the time and was asked if he's put in a good word for Jackson, Culkin appeared as if he didn't want to be a part of the allegations surrounding Jackson.

He said then, "Probably not. Like I said, it’s crazy and I don’t really want to be a part of it. . . . I’m not saying I wouldn’t do something like that, it just hasn’t been brought up to me and I don’t think he’d want me to either."

And yet, there he was, standing by MJ's side in his trying time. 

He denied  that Jackson ever molested him and further explained that their friendship was based on a simple understanding. "We had this understanding of one another. I wasn't friends with a lot of 35-year-old men who understood me."

If one shared a friendship with someone so deeply, why would they just sit back and watch something like 'Leaving Neverland' just unfurl?

He defended him eagerly while he was alive and in numerous interviews after his death, so what is stopping him now? 

Granted, a lot has happened in Culkin's life since MJ's death. He's been doing a couple of experimental films and ads and even had a comedy rock pizza-themed band for a while called The Pizza Underground.

He's been developing retro-themed games ( 'Toejam & Earl') and living his life in Paris and is in a relationship with former Disney star Brenda Song.

Clearly, it seems Culkin has left his longtime friend and his memories in the empty halls of 'Home Alone'.