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Macaulay Culkin Finally Opens Up About Friendship with Michael Jackson

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By Chris Barilla

The story of Michael Jackson and Macaulay Culkin's friendship was one that was historically filled with constant scrutiny and rumors. After the release of the controversial HBO documentary 'Leaving Neverland,' those rumors, alongside countless others involving Jackson, were revitalized to a certain extent, with individuals reaching conclusions about the singer, who passed away in 2009, and alleged sexual perverseness on his part during his life, specifically around the then-young Culkin, famed for his role in the iconic 80's film 'Home Alone.'

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In an interview with Esquire, Culkin decided to open up about his relationship with the iconic pop singer, and through that attempted to dispel any pervasive rumors surrounding Jackson and him.

"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 actor told the publication during the eye-opening interview.

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"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," Culkin continued in the interview.

He insisted that his​ and Jackson's relationship was harmless, and instead took the time to refer to other instances in Jackson's life that spoke to his character, not his degradation.

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Culkin went on to say, "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!'"

The documentary being referenced by Franco is 'Leaving Neverland.'

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"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.'"

Culkin also mentioned the advice he gave Jackson's daughter, Paris, following her father's death, saying, "Don’t forget to be silly, don't forget to take something away from this whole experience, and don’t forget to stick something up your sleeve."

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