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Corey Feldman subpoenaed in Jackson case

Actor says the singer never touched him inappropriately
/ Source: The Associated Press

Actor Corey Feldman, who says in an interview airing this week that Michael Jackson showed him nude pictures when Feldman was in his early teens, was subpoenaed by prosecutors in the singer’s molestation case, the actor’s manager said Thursday.

Feldman described the pictures in a new interview with journalist Martin Bashir, who was responsible for the documentary “Living With Michael Jackson.” That program, which aired on ABC in February 2003, has footage of Jackson and his accuser holding hands and Jackson defending his practice of sharing his bed with children.

Feldman, 33, said he went to Jackson’s home when he was 13 or 14 and saw a book on the coffee table with pictures of naked men and women.

“And the book was focused on venereal diseases and the genitalia. And he sat down with me and he explained it to me, showed me some different pictures and discussed what those meant,” Feldman said, according to an excerpt of an interview scheduled to air Friday on ABC’s “20/20.”

Feldman was contacted last week by prosecutors who want to question him about his relationship with Jackson, said Feldman’s manager, Scott Carlson.

“I guess they’re subpoenaing anyone who they think or hope might have anything to say,” Carlson said.

Feldman himself was unavailable for comment because of a gag order in the case, Carlson said.

The actor, who starred in the hit 1980s films “Stand By Me” and “The Goonies,” was arrested for heroin possession in 1990. He has been sober for 14 years, worked recently on the film “The Birthday,” and has television and stage work lined up, Carlson said.

“He’s been very busy. He had nothing to gain by coming forward and saying anything,” his manager said.

Feldman told Bashir he didn’t consider the nude pictures “a big deal,” but became concerned because of the current molestation charges against Jackson.

Jackson, 46, is accused of molesting a 13-year-old former cancer patient and giving the boy alcohol and conspiring to hold him and his family captive. Jury selection in the case is scheduled to continue Monday.

Feldman said Jackson never touched him inappropriately and he never saw the singer act inappropriately with anyone else. He said he defended Jackson in an interview with police investigating molestation allegations in 1993 involving another boy. No charges were ever filed in that case.

“I did what I believed was right as a friend — I defended him up and down. I did so publicly and I did so behind closed doors with the police,” Feldman told Bashir.