Actor Corey Feldman may now have to tell a courtroom about his encounters with Michael Jackson. Prosecutors have subpoenaed him to appear in the molestation case against the pop singer, according to reports.
Feldman’s summons comes as the onetime child star is telling all on 20/20 about his friendship with Jackson. In an interview with Martin Bashir, whose 2003 documentary Living with Michael Jackson sparked the current case against the singer, Feldman, now 33, says Jackson once showed him a book of nude photos that “focused on venereal diseases and the genitalia.”
Feldman continues, “(Jackson) sat down with me and he explained it to me, showed me some different pictures and discussed what those meant.” Feldman was 13 or 14 years old when Jackson befriended him. The two later had a falling out.
Feldman says that while he was “grossed out” by the book, “I didn’t think of it as a big deal. And for all these years, I probably never thought twice about it,” he said.
Feldman adds that Jackson never touched him and that he never saw Jackson touch anyone else, either. During a 1993 investigation into similar molestation charges against Jackson, Feldman defended the singer. “I did what I believed was right,” Feldman tells Bashir. “I did so publicly and I did so behind closed doors with the police.”
Because of a gag order, Feldman is unable to say anything about the case. However, his manager speculated that prosecutors are “subpoenaing anyone who they think or hope might have anything to say.”
Feldman, who rose to fame with appearances in such movies as The Goonies and Stand By Me, said he was motivated to come forward after seeing Bashir’s earlier documentary, and the current trial had given him reason to reexamine his relationship with Jackson.
Jackson, who is charged with molesting a 13-year-old cancer patient, is expected back in court next week when jury selection resumes.