For anyone who's maintained that Michael Jackson had only innocent intentions with those child stars he used to hang out with, Aaron Carter seems to have just blown that happy little theory out of the water. Carter says that while he misses the late pop star, he's troubled about what Jackson did to him—which included giving him drugs when he was just 15 years old.
The 23-year-old, who is the younger brother of Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter, told Australia's OK! magazine that he "spent such incredible times" with Jackson when he was a young teenager, but that the friendship eventually became uncomfortable.
He gave me wine. I mean, I could have refused, but I was 15. As for drugs? He gave me cocaine. I felt weird about that and other stuff ... We spoke afterwards, hours and hours, on the phone. I admired Michael, but his behavior bothered me a lot.
Even more disturbing is Carter's comment that he "did things with (Jackson) that nobody else did." I mean, maybe he's talking about playing bridge, but ... well, creepy, right?
It's also disturbing to think about what kind of long-lasting effects Jackson may have had on the children he spent time with. Carter has certainly had his share of troubles over the years, including being arrested in 2008 for investigation of marijuana possession, and entering a treatment facility this past January for "emotional and spiritual issues."
Macaulay Culkin was another young star that Jackson become close with around the time of that first Home Alone movie. I mean, the kid was what, 10 years old at the time? Yet somehow his parents allowed him to repeatedly stay at Jackson's Neverland Ranch and even go on vacation with Jackson to places like Bermuda and Disney World. In 2005, Jackson's former cook testified that he had seen Jackson groping Culkin—around the time Jackson was accused of plying a 13-year-old with wine as a prelude to sexually fondling him.
Culkin has also dealt with drug issues in his later years: in 2004 he was charged with marijuana possession and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.
We only know what's happened with Carter and Culkin because they're still in the public eye—what about all the other kids Jackson glommed onto back in the day? How many of them are working through problems of their own now, whether as a result of being exposed to drugs and alcohol at a young age, or because of something even more unsavory?
No way to know for sure, I guess, but it sure complicates the King of Pop's legacy. If Carter's statements are true, I have no idea how anyone can continue to defend Michael Jackson for the way he behaved when he was still alive.
What do you think about this confession from Carter? Do you believe him?
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