Child star Corey Feldman has opened up about his alleged abuse by powerful older men in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter. His claims come shortly after fellow child star Elijah Wood revealed that there is a virtual pedophilia epidemic in Hollywood, but he had never experienced the sexual predation firsthand.
Feldman, who starred as a kid in ‘80s movies including The Goonies, Stand By Me and The Lost Boys, said he and his late best friend Corey Haim (who passed away in 2010 at age 38 after years of drug addiction) were taken advantage of when they started out in the entertainment industry.
“[Haim] had more direct abuse than I did,” Feldman told THR. “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. 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.”
The 44-year-old actor explained why he hasn’t called out his alleged abusers. “I would love to name names. I'd love to be the first to do it,” he said. “But unfortunately California conveniently enough has a statute of limitations that prevents that from happening. Because 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 also revealed that if someone did come froward with a lawsuit against someone who had molested him, he would back them up, but that has yet to happen.
As for Haim’s alleged rapist, Feldman believes he was connected to something bigger that kept him protected. “This person uses intimidation and threats as a way to keep people quiet,” he said. “Ask anybody in our group of kids at that time: They were passing us back and forth to each other. [Actress Alison Arngrim] from ‘Little House on the Prairie’ said [in an interview], "Everybody knew that the two Coreys were just being passed around." Like it was something people joked about on studio lots.”
The Two Coreys star alleged that the pedophiles were not “huge executives and directors,” but instead “publicists" or “photographers for teen magazines.” He detailed that these men would throw parties, where the guests were mostly kids and just a handful of adult men. The get-togethers were enticing for child stars, he said, because most of them didn’t go to a regular school and rarely got to interact with other kids their own age.
However, there was one person Feldman adamantly defended against claims that he preyed on children: his former friend Michael Jackson. “We had a falling out and that was due to the fact that there was definitely a dark side to him,” he said. “But that dark side in no way connected itself to pedophilia by my estimation.”
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