Aaron Carter is clarifying previous comments suggesting that Michael Jackson once behaved inappropriately with him.
Ahead of Carter’s appearance on the upcoming season of “Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars Family Edition,” People published an interview snippet of the 31-year-old singer talking briefly about his friendship with the late King of Pop, who he called a “really good guy” before suggesting that he did have an “inappropriate” moment with him on one occasion.
“He never did anything that was inappropriate, except for one time. There was one thing that he did that was a little bit inappropriate,” he said.
Carter did not elaborate on what happened, but it must have been enough to attract backlash on social media, because the former child star took to Twitter on Tuesday to clarify his original statements and to defend Jackson.
“Everyone having my back I appreciate you,” he tweeted. “My reasoning for even speaking on this subject is to tell my truth, be real and to also have his back based on my experiences with Michael. he was an amazing guy, I stand by that. So I ask u not to turn this into something it isn’t.”
In a later tweet, he did not specify what Jackson did, but did say, “In my opinion it WAS a Little inappropriate what’s the problem with that?”
“I’m not trying to achieve anything except telling my story to validate he didn’t f--king do anything sexual! Are you all this stupid? Honestly?” he added.
Carter clarified in another tweet that he “in no way shape or form accused [Jackson] of being a child molester.”
“AS IVE SAID. my story VALIDATES in MY OPINION that Michael didn’t do anything sexual to others. (My story HAD to be told in order to protect a man and friend I ACTUALLY KNEW),” he went on in another post.
Carter suggested last month that he was gearing up to “tell [his] truth” about his experiences with Jackson, but did not explain what those experiences were, instead stating that he’d be discussing it in a book that he’s writing about his life.
“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 told TMZ.
Jackson has come under fire in the months since the premiere of HBO’s “Leaving Neverland,” a controversial documentary detailing the stories of two men who claim that Jackson routinely abused them as children.
Carter previously defended Jackson and said that he’d like to punch Wade Robson, one of Jackson’s accusers in the face, but he later expressed remorse over those statements, admitting that he had been “a little aggressive” initially.
Jackson was acquitted of child molestation charges in 2005 and claimed to be innocent up until his death in 2009. His family has continued to defend him after his passing, and his three children are reportedly looking into taking legal action against his accusers.
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