Leaving Neverland: Wade Robson felt "jealous, hurt" after Michael Jackson dropped him for Macaulay Culkin
Robson made the claims in 'Leaving Neverland,' an HBO documentary chronicling the alleged sexual abuse inflicted on him and Jimmy Safechuck by Michael Jackson
Wade Robson, who appeared alongside Jimmy Safechuck in Dan Reed's recently-released 'Leaving Neverland' documentary and accused the late singer of sexually abusing him when he was a child, detailed how he felt betrayed by the 'King of Pop.'
According to the Daily Mail, Robson's mother Joy left her husband and moved to Los Angeles from Australia after uprooting their lives at the suggestion of Jackson. However, once they reached US shores, Robson alleged Jackson just ignored him and his family for weeks.
The singer finally made time for him while he was shooting for the music video for 'Black or White,' in which Robson was supposedly meant to star alongside Jackson, but it would not be to deliver good news. Instead, Robson was told his part would go to another rising child star: Macaulay Culkin.
Recalling the incident, Robson said, "Macaulay was where I was in my previous trips, right by Michael's side every moment. And now I kind of on the sideline as far as being Michael's friend and being his favorite and that was really confusing. Like what did I do wrong like he and Michael had all the connections and all the secret things that Michael and I had before."
Robson said he felt "jealousy, hurt, and confusion" after being effectively replaced by Culkin, with the sentiment echoed by his mother Joy, who said that what Jackson did was "very hurtful" and that it "broke Wade's heart."
It wouldn't be the last time that the former child star felt betrayed either. The Mail reported that Robson was told he could not accompany Jackson on his 1992 Dangerous tour because he was not allowed to bring children along, only to later learn the singer had taken Brett Barnes, another Australian, with him.
Corey Feldman, who had been close to Jackson after becoming famous by starring in 'Gremlins,' 'The Goonies,' and 'Stand by Me,' said the singer had acted similarly with him, befriending him first and then abandoning him after becoming "bored" with him.
"He did real damage in my overall life. I was a 12-year-old boy who was hurt by his family and ignored by people at school. Michael would sit and talk to me for hours and he would listen. Then he would get bored. The biggest thing that Michael's done to children is befriending the ones that are in need and then abandoning them," he said in an interview with Star Pulse.
However, Feldman rubbished Robson's and Safechuck's claims that Jackson was a child molester, insisting that the singer never acted inappropriately towards any of the children he befriended.
SO GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY WHICH HE CERTAINLY HAD W ME & OTHERS, BEING ALONE, W NO PARENTS AROUND, HOW DID HE CONTROL THOSE URGES SO WELL, WHILE SO BLATANTLY SEXUAL W THOSE 2 BOYS? IT DOESNT REALLY FIT THE PROFILE. BUT WHAT MOTIVE BESIDES $ DO THEY HAV? ABANDONMENT IS A STRONG 1!— Corey Feldman (@Corey_Feldman) March 4, 2019
In a Twitter outburst, he wrote, "OK I WATCHED IT ALL I KNOW IS WHAT I EXPERIENCED, & YES EVERY EXPERIENCE WAS THE SAME....RIGHT UP 2 THE SEX PART! THAT IS WHERE IT BECOMES LALA LAND, INSTEAD OF NEVERLAND 4 ME. WE NEVER SPOKE ABOUT SEX OTHER THAN A FEW WARNINGS ABOUT HOW SEX WAS SCARY, & DANGEROUS."
"NEVER ONCE SWORE IN MY PRESENCE, NEVER TOUCHED ME INAPPROPRIATELY, & NEVER EVER SUGGESTED WE SHOULD BE LOVERS IN ANY WAY! I FEEL LIKE IF PPL COULD HEAR OUR CONVOS THEY WOULD HEAR THE INNOCENCE IN THEM. NO HINT OF PERVERSION. I HAV A TAPE, IM THINKIN ABOUT RELEASING, WHICH COULD," he added.