After the statement this week by Elijah Wood that there are some serious child predators in Hollywood, former child star Corey Feldman is standing up to confirm that it surely happened, and he was a victim.
Elijah Wood got lucky, according to Feldman, as he had a mother who was present, mentally and physically, but other kids are not so lucky. Corey Feldman talks about the Hollywood child molestation that still sticks in his head, and that’s the rape of his best friend, Corey Haim, at the age of 11. Haim was also a child actor, in the same boat as Corey Feldman, and that vulnerability made both of them easy pickings.
According to the Inquisitr, Elijah Wood is coming forward to say that child molestation is not okay, and people need to come forward and name names. Although Wood wasn’t molested himself, he feels there are former child actors, like Feldman, who were molested, and they need to start talking. Wood claims that these people are predators who groom these kids to be amenable to sex acts with adults.
The Hollywood Reporter says that Corey Feldman has experienced a lot of loss in his life, and much of it is tied to child molestation in Hollywood. Feldman claims that these predators would come to pre-teen parties to look for new victims. In the past, Feldman has explained that he was afraid of naming names, but now he says that he wants to, but still no names of predators have been offered up that might save a child now or in the future.
When Elijah Wood said that “something major is going on in Hollywood,” he knows for sure, because he has been in the industry since he was 6-years-old. Again, Wood was lucky, but Feldman says that he was preyed upon by two men in the industry, and his friend Corey Haim was raped by a man on the set of a movie at 11-years-old.
Feldman has worked hard to put the abuse of his childhood behind him but agrees that it was difficult, as he developed serious trust issues.
“I had to go through a lot of therapy and group therapy and rehabilitation and all sorts of things to be put on this ground that I’m on now.”
Feldman explains that when he looks back at himself and Corey Haim and their sometimes boisterous behavior, he now understands what was behind all of that. As the parent of an 11-year-old boy, Feldman says he is sickened and now realizes that he was still a little boy 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.”
Feldman stresses that there are signs, whether your child is in Hollywood or not, that need to be observed. A sweet, well-behaved child can suddenly change before your eyes. Feldman says in retrospect, he saw it himself.
“As I look at my son, a sweet, innocent, 11-year-old boy and then try to put him in Corey Haim’s shoes, I go, ‘Oh my God — well of course he was erratic and not well-behaved on sets and things like that.’ What more could we expect of him really? Everybody deals with things differently.”
Feldman claims that child actors were traded amongst these grown men in power as if they were baseball cards. Children were objects, according to Feldman, to be used and discarded.
“We were passed back and forth.”
Now that he is an adult, Feldman claims it is odd for grown men to want to hang out at parties with 10-year-olds. Feldman claims that he went to these parties with encouragement from his mother, who believed that attending them would advance his career.
“When somebody approaches you and says, ‘Hey, this is a Hollywood party where you get to hang out with the powerful people in Hollywood,’ well that sounds like a great opportunity.”
Although Feldman claims that he wishes he could name names, he once again says that for now, he can’t, even though it could save lives. But Feldman says that “if somebody came forward with a suit against one of these people [who molested me], I would certainly be more than happy to back them up.”
When asked if any of his molesters are still working in Hollywood, Feldman says that one of them is still very prominent in Hollywood. Feldman says that the guilt of not naming names is weighing on him, but the statute of limitations has passed, and Feldman fears being sued and losing everything.
“‘Why don’t you be a man and stand up and name names and stop hiding and being a coward?’ I have to deal with that, which is not pleasant, especially given the fact that I would love to name names.”
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And Feldman adds that if anybody believes that having it all out in the open has made the issue shrink, they would be very wrong. Feldman explains that when he was a kid, there was no social media, and kids didn’t have their own phones and email addresses. Access to children is easier today, and getting children alone is also easier.
“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.”
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