Macaulay Culkin defends the late Michael Jackson in a revealing new interview published Tuesday.
Speaking to Esquire, the "Home Alone" actor reasserts his position that he never had an inappropriate relationship with Jackson, nor did he witness any misconduct on the part of the late icon.
"Look, I'm gonna begin with the line — it's not a line, it's the truth: He never did anything to me," he told the magazine. "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."
The 39-year-old continued, "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."
The former child star revealed that the last time he saw the King of Pop was at Jackson's 2005 criminal trial, in which the artist was acquitted.
"We better not talk. I don't want to influence your testimony," Jackson reportedly said to Culkin in the bathroom during a recess.
Macaulay and Michael became close friends in the early '90s following Culkin’s "Home Alone" success.
Abuse allegations against Jackson resurfaced after the release of 2019's "Leaving Neverland" documentary, which featured alleged victims Wade Robson and James Safechuck.
Culkin had previously supported Jackson last year while appearing on "Inside of You with Michael Rosenbaum."
"It's almost easy to try say it was 'weird' or whatever, but it wasn't, because it made sense," Culkin said at the time. "It's one of my friendships that people question, only because of the fact that he was the most famous person in the world."
When host Michael Rosenbaum brought up their 21-year age difference, Macaulay discussed how the two shared similar life experiences.
"I was a peerless person," Macaulay explained. "Nobody else in my Catholic school even had this… idea of what I was going through, and he was the kind of person who'd been through the exact same freakin' thing and wanted to make sure I wasn't alone in that."
Jackson passed away on June 25, 2009, at the age of 50.