Former child actor Corey Feldman has come out in defense of Michael Jackson following the sexual abuse allegations towards children described in the documentary Leaving Neverland.
Talking to the New York Post Feldman said, ""What happened with me (and Jackson) was strictly aboveboard".
Feldman was a friend of Jackson and spent a lot of time at the music star's home, Neverland. And while he says that the pop star never abused him, he also said that the voices of the alleged victims deserve to be heard.
As a child star Feldman starred in many 80s hit movies like Stand By Me and The Goonies. He said that he shared a connection with Jackson as they both lost their childhood to their work and both survived abusive homes.
"We'd be on the phone for hours. You're talking about someone who has spent their life in the industry, who grew up in the industry and didn't have a childhood and have friends and have sleepovers, I could relate. That was my life.
"We both came from abuse — abusive homes. There is not a lot of kindred minds that can connect on those levels or achieve the success he had. That was the common ground we shared."
But Feldman was also quick to add that he wasn't saying that Jackson's accusers Wade Robson and James Safechuck were lying in the documentary.
"I am not saying they are lying. I wasn't there. I can only go based on my experiences. Every victim's voice must be taken seriously and must be heard. In no way would I ever intimate that I would want them to be silenced."
During the interview Feldman, who is now 47-years-old, also spoke of the night he and Jackson shared a room, but had separate beds, during a trip to Disneyland.
"We had many conversations that night and again, there was nothing even remotely sexual that was alluded to," he said.
The parents of Robson and Safechuck, however, did come under fire from the former child star.
"To me, the most shocking and appalling part of this whole thing are the actions and misdeeds made by the parents of both children, and the decision to allow their kids to be unaccompanied in the presence of an adult they did not know and trust. As a father, I could not ever imagine allowing my child to go off with a grown man I did not consider as close as family without any adult supervision. Not even Michael Jackson."