The last time Macaulay Culkin saw Michael Jackson was during a short recess at Jackson’s 2005 trial, in which he was accused of intoxicating and molesting a 13-year-old boy with cancer.
Culkin was there to testify for Jackson, who he ran into in the bathroom.
“We better not talk. I don’t want to influence your testimony,” Jackson said.
They laughed a little and hugged.
The trailer of 2019 documentary Leaving Neverland feature allegations of abuse by Michael Jackson. Post continues below video.
Culkin is regularly asked if Jackson abused him, and in a February 2020 interview with Esquire he has once again denied it ever happening.
“Look, 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.”
2019’s Leaving Neverland documentary gives voice to two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who claim that as children, they were subjected to sexual abuse by Jackson.
Speaking to Esquire, Culkin recalled being asked about the documentary by actor James Franco.
“Here’s a good Michael Jackson story that doesn’t involve Michael Jackson at all: 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.'”