Macaulay Culkin jokes about Michael Jackson accusations in front of singer's daughter Paris

Macaulay Culkin laughed off the controversy around Michael Jackson's sex abuse allegations during a live podcast recording with the late singer's daughter in the crowd.

The Home Alone star, who became friends with Jackson after being thrust into the spotlight as a child actor, was interviewing musician Weird Al Yankovic when he broached the subject, according to NME.

"I'm going to ask you a very serious question: what was your relationship like with Michael Jackson?" Culkin joked to Yankovic, who famously parodied Jackson's hit 'Beat It' with his own rendition, 'Eat It'.

"Um, mostly platonic. I met him two or three times, he was pretty sweet to me," Yankovic replied, prompting the pair to burst out laughing.

"Sounds amazing, he sounds really cool, yeah. I will say he was a huge, huge fan of yours," Culkin added.

"Yes, he always had your videos kind of playing constantly. There you go, validation. Praise. Hail, Caesar!"

Jackson's daughter, Paris, who is also Culkin's goddaughter, was reportedly in the audience.

The comments come after the release of explosive docu-series Leaving Neverland, in which James Safechuck and Wade Robson allege they were both molested by the 'Thriller' hitmaker as children.

Earlier this year, Culkin spoke out about his friendship with the 'King of Pop', calling it "normal".

"[Michael] reached out to me because a lot of things were happening, big and fast with me and I think he identified with that," he said.

"At the end of the day, it's almost easy to say it was weird or whatever but it wasn't because it made sense. At the end of the day, we were friends."