Corey Feldman Talks About Hollywood Pedophilia Controversy, Elijah Wood
Corey Feldman, who has been open about the sexual abuse he and others were subjected to in Hollywood in the 80s, is speaking out again following comments made by Elijah Wood.
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Wood, in an interview promoting his new movie The Trust, spoke about the Hollywood “underbelly” in which higher ups in the industry would prey on the youth. Wood went on to clarify that he had not personally experienced abuse as a child actor in Hollywood, and that his information came from secondhand sources. Wood has credited his mother’s refusal to permit him to attend parties as a young boy for shielding him from those realities.
Feldman and his close friend Corey Haim did not have that kind of protection and were allegedly molested by a number of men in the industry. According to Feldman, Haim had it even worse than he did.
“He had more direct abuse than I did. With me, there were some molestations, and it did come from several hands, so to speak, but with Corey, his was direct rape, whereas mine was not actual rape,” Feldman told The Hollywood Reporter. “And his also occurred when he was 11. My son is 11 now, and I can’t even begin to fathom the idea of something like that happening to him. It would destroy his whole being.”
As for those parties that Wood avoided and that Feldman and Haim were frequently in attendance at, Feldman sees them as the ultimate trap for young up-and-coming actors.
“They would throw these parties where you’d walk in and it would be mostly kids and there would be a handful of adult men. They would also be at the film awards and children’s charity functions,” Feldman told THR. “The lure for kids is that they work in adult world. All of their friends become adults and they very rarely get to interact with other kids, especially because they don’t go to school.”
Feldman wishes that he could name names in Hollywood, but believes that his hands are tied because of the way the legal system works in California. But, because of the prevalence of inappropriate relationships between adults and children in Hollywood, he thinks certain laws should change – especially with it being easier than ever for kids to be lured in.
“If I were to go and mention anybody’s name I would be the one that would be in legal problems and I’m the one that would be sued,” Feldman said. “We should be talking to the district attorneys and the lawmakers in California, especially because this is where the entertainment industry is and this is a place where adults have more direct and inappropriate connection with children than probably anywhere else in the world.”
Feldman added, “It’s more now than ever because nowadays you can use the internet to create fake profiles and fake accounts. They reach out to little kids on Twitter, they reach out to little kids on Facebook, and they say, ‘I’m a big producer and I can help you.’ With social media we have more access than ever to everybody. It’s a growing problem, not a shrinking problem.”
While Feldman has come out the other side of addiction and other troubles that stemmed from the abuse, Haim was not as fortunate. Haim died in 2010 following years of drug addiction. He was 38.