Corey Feldman has changed his stance on Michael Jackson since the premiere of the documentary, Leaving Neverland, which details Jackson’s alleged sexual abuse.

Feldman was initially critical of the film, calling it “one-sided.” Feldman was a longtime friend of Jackson, he has said the singer was like a brother figure to him.

Yet, since watching the documentary Feldman says he can no longer defend the singer anymore. In a statement provided by CNN Feldman elaborated on his stance.

“You’re a kid whose endured sexual abuse and during those times, I’m looking to somebody like Michael Jackson as a friend, as a big brother figure and he was that person to me,” said Feldman. “It comes to a point where as an advocate for victims, as an advocate for changing the statutes of limitations to make sure that victims’ voices are heard, it becomes impossible for me to remain virtuous and not at least consider what’s being said.”

Feldman and fellow child star Corey Haim were both abused by someone close to them in Hollywood. Feldman tried to file a claim in 2017, but the case was dropped due to the statute of limitations. He knows more than anyone exactly how those boys felt in that situation.

Feldman concluded his statement by saying, “abusive behavior is simply unacceptable and cannot be tolerated, excused or justified under any circumstances.”

Feldman remarked on Twitter that this was the “hardest” interview he’s ever done since his friend Corey Haim passed away.

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