Date: May 26, 2016
“A recent interview with Elijah Wood has reignited the conversation on pedophilia in the entertainment business. The Lord of the Rings star later clarified first to The Hollywood Reporter and then on his personal Twitter account that his comments about “something major … going on in Hollywood” were based not on his own experiences and observations but rather on news reports and the 2015 documentary film An Open Secret.
But another former child actor – Corey Feldman, star of such iconic 1980s movies as The Goonies, Stand By Me and The Lost Boys – was not so lucky. In past interviews, his A&E reality series The Two Coreys and his 2013 memoir, Coreyography, Feldman has detailed how he was preyed upon by men in the industry. His own experiences were not as nightmarish as what befell his Two Coreys costar, the late Canadian actor Corey Haim. Haim was just 11 when, Feldman says, a man raped him on a movie set. (Haim died in 2010 at age 38 after years of drug addiction.)
Speaking now exclusively to The Hollywood Reporter, Feldman opens up about missing Haim, addresses the “dark side” of pal Michael Jackson that led to their estrangement, and warns of the “growing, not shrinking” dangers of internet-era child predators in Hollywood, a place “where adults have more direct and inappropriate connection with children than probably anywhere else in the world.”
I feel bad for both of the Corey’s, if the allegations are true…
…I also agree, that unwanted sexual touch is not ethical…and it should be prosecutable.
I appreciate the comment, about “qualifying” [to differentiate] the sexual experiences…though, probably for a different reason than the lady who brought it up.
I don’t agree that statutes of limitation should be lifted, however…because after ten, twenty, thirty years or more…not only is it likely impossible to prove…but a lot of distorted “memories” can crop up, in that time span…The accuser could very well be experiencing false memories…or some kind of psychological ill.
It might not be fair…but neither is charging someone with something that allegedly happened, two or more decades ago…Which, let’s face it…would be next to impossible for them to disprove…So, so much is lost over time.
The only way I have [or would] ever supported “Hollywood pedophiles”, is in my simple appreciation of them bringing cute kids to the big screen…But, that is it…I don’t support the rape of anyone…And, frankly, I find the whole “casting couch” thing to be detestable.
Child stars should not be passed around, nor forced into sexual relations.
As to Corey Feldman bringing this up again…It’s time to put up what information he has, or stop running to the media every so many years, getting himself back in the headlines again.
…If Corey is honestly this serious…and he is honestly this alarmed, that it is happening to Hollywood kids at present…then he has no business withholding names.
…If he’s too afraid of losing money…then, obviously, his priorities are not with the current crop of kids “being passed around”.
If he wants to keep coming out like this…then he needs to make a committed stand.
If he’s not willing to…what does this say?