Actor and former child star, Macaulay Culkin, has always denied allegations of inappropriate behavior by the late Michael Jackson.

Culkin recalled meeting Michael Jackson at age 9 and them becoming great friends for the next five years. Culkin had spent plenty of time at the Neverland Ranch and insists Jackson never behaved inappropriately with him.

“Seriously, he was like my best friend for a good long stretch. It was a legitimate friendship,” Culkin said in a 2018 interview with Marc Maron’s WTF podcast.

In light of the new Leaving Neverland documentary rumors of Jackson’s misconduct have been front page news. In the documentary, in which Wade Robson and James Safechuck go into graphic detail about how they were young boys when they were brought into the music icon’s orbit, then regularly abused by him from roughly the ages of 7 until 14.

However, Culkin refuted claims of any alleged misconduct between him and the singer in a comedy gig with Weird Al Yankovic in Los Angeles on March 20.

 

“I’m going to ask you a very serious question,” Macaulay said. “What was your relationship like with Michael Jackson?”

The two then burst out laughing, before Yankovic could muster up a response.

“Um, mostly platonic. I met him two or three times, he was pretty sweet to me.” Al insisted.

The banter continued as Macaulay replied, “Sounds amazing, he sounds really cool, yeah. I will say he was a huge, huge fan of yours. Yes, he always had your videos kind of playing constantly.”

Culkin swiftly changed subjects but not before adding one last remark. “There you go [everyone], validation. Praise. Hail, Caesar,” the comedian joked.

Culkin has always defended the late singer and insisted, “At the end of the day, we were friends — in the most simple [way].”