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Weeks after saying he’d like to punch one of Michael Jackson’s accusers in the face, former child pop star Aaron Carter seems to be walking back his previously tough stance on their claims, and has suggested that he’s preparing to “tell his truth” about his own experience with the late King of Pop.
HBO’s “Leaving Neverland” detailed the accusations of two men, James Safechuck and Wade Robson, who say that Jackson molested them as children. Their stories have drawn both support and criticism in the months since the film premiered in March, and a number of celebrities, including Carter, came out to publicly support Jackson.
Carter seems to have changed his tune, however. TMZ caught up with Carter on Thursday and asked him for his opinion on HBO recently debunking rumors that “Leaving Neverland” was pulled from their network, at which point he admitted that he’d originally been “aggressive” when discussing Safechuck and Robson.
“To be honest, after seeing everyone’s story unfold, I mean, I was a little aggressive when I talked about it at first,” he said. “I mean, everyone has their own stories and everyone has their own situations, so, you know, I can’t really take away from that. I don’t know. I can’t be like, ‘Oh, I was there, I was a fly on the wall, I know,’ ‘cause I don’t.”
Carter, 31, said in an interview with TMZ last month that Robson and Safechuck were “stomping” on Jackson’s grave with their accusations. He recalled spending time with Jackson when he was 15, and said that Jackson encouraged him in his career. He took aim at Robson in particular by responding to a tweet written by someone pretending to be Robson — and who suggested that those who believe Jackson “ask [Carter]” for the truth — and said that he’d punch Robson in the face.
When speaking to TMZ on Thursday, however, Carter suggested that he has his own story about Jackson to tell, though he did not go into detail.
“In regards to that situation, I actually have my own experience that happened with Michael, so I’m gonna be talking about in the future,” he said.
Carter explained that he’s writing a book about “his whole life” and said that he felt it “appropriate” to discuss the situation through that channel. He said that he will “always have [Jackson’s] back,” but will also “tell [his] truth.”
Still declining to go into detail, Carter said that his own family knows what he’s referring to, adding, “They’ve known about what I’m talking about, they just never talked about it.”
In a message to Jackson’s family, he said, “Just stay strong. I love you guys. And even if I say something that you don’t like, it’s still my truth and you’re just gonna have to accept it.”
Jackson was acquitted on child molestation charges in 2005 and maintained his innocence until his death in 2009. His family continues to protect his name after his passing, defending him most recently in a 30-minute mini-documentary called “Neverland Firsthand.” The singer’s estate also filed a lawsuit against HBO earlier this year, accusing the network of violating an old contract by airing the documentary, which they say disparages Jackson.
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