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Feldman Changes His Tune on Neverland

The former child star speaks out
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 9, 2019 1:10 PM CST

(Newser) – Corey Feldman is backpedaling a little on Michael Jackson. The former child star and friend to Jackson, who initially said he "took issue" with the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland, struck a different tone Wednesday: "I don't want to be perceived as I'm here to defend Michael Jackson, because I can no longer do that," he said on HLN, per USA Today. "I can not in good consciousness defend anyone who’s being accused of such horrendous crimes. I'm also not here to judge him, because again, he did not do those things to me and that was not my experience."

A self-proclaimed teenage sex abuse victim, Feldman also said he couldn't watch all of Leaving Neverland, which looks at allegations by two men who say they were sexually abused by the King of Pop when they were 7 and 10 years old. "To be honest with you, it was very emotional, it was very painful, and I couldn’t watch all of it," says Feldman, who adds that accusers Wade Robson, 36, and James Safechuck, 40, were "very believable." It's a change of heart from Feldman's Monday tweets, per CNN, which called the doc "1 SIDED W NO CHANCE OF A DEFENSE FROM A DEAD MAN" and said of Jackson's accusers, "LET GOD B THY JUDGE!" (Read more child sex abuse stories.)

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