Corey Feldman Clarifies Position In HLN Video Interview, 'I Can No Longer Defend Michael Jackson'
Longtime friend and supporter of Michael Jackson, Corey Feldman has broken his silence in order to clarify statements made on social media regarding new allegations that Michael Jackson sexually abused Wade Robson and Jimmy Safechuck for years. Controversy has broken out as Michael Jackson's fans fight for the King of Pop's legacy, while more people are showing support for the alleged victims. The reactions and responses are mixed where some say it isn't fair to tarnish Michael Jackson's legacy when he isn't here to defend himself and was acquitted in a court of law.
Others say that due to the statute of limitations and the psychological impact child sexual abuse has on the human psyche, victims should always be encouraged to come forward and share their personal stories, allegations, and accusations of abuse.
Corey Feldman appeared on HLN, Wednesday morning and spoke directly to the public regarding his personal interactions with Michael Jackson and stated he could no longer defend Michael Jackson. He released the following statement.
"Michael was my friend, but that doesn't mean I condone any harmful behavior, physical or mental. This is new information to me too. It takes time to absorb and process."
You may watch the full video interview with Corey Feldman and HLN in the player below.
Corey Feldman said that this is an emotional time for him both to being Michael Jackson's friend and a victim of child sexual abuse. Feldman shared that though this was personally difficult for him, he needed to be open and listen to what the victims were saying and consider their side of the story, regardless of how uncomfortable hearing their side might be.
Feldman said that Michael Jackson was a big brother figure in his life and there was nothing in their friendship that he could point to as being sexually inappropriate.
Corey Feldman received many negative comments on both sides after making his initial tweets. He has been criticized by those who have accused him of betraying Michael Jackson's friendship by entertaining the allegations made by Wade Robson and Jimmy Safechuck as credible to those who took issue with his initial response saying he didn't show enough support to Robson and Safechuck.
What do you think of Corey Feldman's current position on the new Michael Jackson sexual abuse allegations?