Photo via Daphne Barak
Yesterday, a representative for Aaron Carter denied that Carter gave certain quotes to OK! Australia—OK! had alleged that Michael Jackson gave a then-15-year-old Aaron Carter alcohol and cocaine. The spokesperson also told TMZ to go check YouTube for interview footage. (I hope Carter’s rep meant my YouTube video! That ‘ish took 287 minutes to upload! Not kidding.)
But late last night, slightly-noteworthy tabloid journalist Daphne Barak—she’s the one who interviewed Carter and presumably wrote the article for OK! Australia in the first place—retaliated by publishing still more audio from her interview with Aaron Carter. This time, she selected a much more salacious snippet about Carter’s childhood friendship with Michael Jackson.
And for this new clip, Ms. Barak evidently emptied her iPhoto library of every candid shot she had of herself physically clinging to Aaron Carter, just in case you needed proof that portions of the interview occurred between friends, or were likely said in confidence.
It’s nigh impossible to make out a word of what Ms. Barak says, so here’s Aaron Carter’s half of the first part of their conversation, without Barak’s interjections/egging-on:
…He wanted me to stay in his room. So he got a cot—a bed—and, uh, and I stayed on a cot. In his room. And it must’ve been, like, 5 o’clock in the morning, and—5 o’clock in the morning. He’s on my bed. He’s on the foot of my bed. And I wake up. And I’m like, gasp! What are you doing! Like, you know. I’m 15 years old! You know? Like, what are you doing? “Oh, my God, I didn’t know, I didn’t know.” And he went in his bed, and y’know, I’m like, Okaaaaaaayy.
Here’s the audio itself, and you’re welcome. (I stripped out the photos of Daphne Barak posing with Aaron Carter, because, puh-leeeease, right? Right.)
On Thursday, when Daphne Barak posted that video clip of Aaron Carter, she warned that it was just the “first excerpt of an hours-long interview,” implying her plans to release more incriminating audio and video later on, presumably after this whole did-he-really-say-that, do-you-actually-have-it-on-tape debacle picked up enough momentum. And sure enough. Sure enough. I’m sure she was waiting for Aaron Carter to inevitably deny the OK! article’s credence, too.
And you know what? Initially, I thought this whooooole thing might only be a big misunderstanding. In the significant length of time I wasted in transcribing the OK! interview footage, I developed an erstwhile theory about the “coke and alcohol” quotes: it is painfully difficult to understand Daphne Barak. Her speech is heavily accented—she’s Israeli-American—and it is only worsened by her raspy, surprisingly soft speaking voice. In the course of subtitling the initial five-minute video, I got the impression that, where Daphne Barak asked one question, Aaron Carter answered a totally different one. And for a hot minute there, I genuinely thought something might have gotten tangled in translation when the magazine article was written.
But, then again, not, because Ms. Barak is apparently eager to totally burn her friendship with Aaron Carter. There’s definitely also that.