Corey Feldman is defending his decision to keep the names of an alleged ring of Hollywood pedophiles under wraps unless he is able to release a film about his personal story. In an interview on the Today Show, Feldman explained why he needs to raise $10 million to release a feature film that will offer a “true depiction of child abuse” in Hollywood.
In a contentious interview with Today’s Matt Lauer, Feldman insisted that he will only tell his story via a feature film, explaining that not only did he give names to Santa Barbara police in 1993 to no avail, but that he now needs to hire protection for himself and his family should he release the names to the public. Corey also said there are “thousands” of other child stars and people in the entertainment business who have the same information as he does and questions why he is being labeled the “bad guy” if he doesn’t release the names of the alleged perpetrators immediately.
“There are thousands of people in Hollywood who have this same information,” Feldman told Lauer.
“Why is it all on me? Why is it if I don’t release the names in the next two months, six months or a year, I’m a bad guy? I’m a victim here. I’m the one who’s been abused. I’m the one who’s trying to come forward and do something about it. There are thousands of people out there who have this information. Any one of those child actors who went to the teenage soda pop clubs with me when I was a kid know who those people are and who ran it.”
You can see Corey Feldman’s interview with Matt Lauer below.
Last week, Corey Feldman launched a $10 million fundraising campaign to raise money to make a movie about Hollywood’s pedophilia problem. Corey’s campaign has raised about $200,000 so far. In the new interview with Lauer, Feldman explained that in order to make a feature film he needs a $10 million budget to pay for actors, scripts, a self-promoted theatrical release, as well as a team of lawyers and security to protect him after his expose is released.
In a separate interview with NBC’s Megyn Kelly, Corey Feldman insisted that he has tried time and time again over the years to report the information about the alleged Hollywood pedophile ring but has been unsuccessful. Corey now vows to release every single name that he has knowledge of once he makes his movie. In his original crowd-funding pitch, Feldman claimed to know six names of known pedophiles off the top of his head, saying that one of the alleged molesters is still working very prominently in the entertainment industry today.
Corey Feldman has been threatening to expose Hollywood’s pedophiles for years, previously addressing the subject in his 2013 memoir Coreyography. Feldman told the Hollywood Reporter that in the 1980s Hollywood predators groomed both him and his Lost Boys co-star Corey Haim and that the two teen heartthrobs were “passed around” by their molesters. The mother of Haim, who died in 2010, has questioned why Corey Feldman needs $10 million to tell his story.
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