The controversy surrounding Michael Jackson’s alleged history of sexual abuse against minors has been one of the most prominent stories of this entire year. With the airing of Leaving Neverland, a detailed documentary that goes into Wade Robson and James Safechuck’s allegations against the King of Pop, all of the old rumours about MJ have been reignited. His family has adamantly denied that he had a sexual history with any children and several loopholes have been found in his main accusers’ stories. Corey Feldman, who was close friends with Jackson when he was a young boy, says that he never experienced sexual abuse at the pop star’s hands. However, he now understands that it’s possible that he was being groomed for it before Jackson decided he wasn’t right.
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In a new feature for Rolling Stone, Feldman speaks about how rampant cases of pedophilia allegedly are in Hollywood. Going back to his own history with Michael Jackson, the actor says that he now understands that he may have been groomed to become a target for Jackson before he decided against it. “I watched it with my wife and son,” says Feldman about the Leaving Neverland documentary. “It caused me to have concerns. It’s the standard grooming process that they describe. Everything was similar [to what happened to me] up until the sexual part. Everything. He bought me gifts, a Watchman TV, a gold watch from Disneyland. So was he grooming me and I just never ended up being his pick? Or was that just who he was? That’s the fucking thing. We’ll never know. But I would have been exactly his type. I was cute, short and blond. You know?”