Corey Feldman, star of such ’80s films as The Goonies and Stand By Me, often finds himself at the centre of controversy. As a good friend to late singer Michael Jackson and Corey Haim, Feldman has frequently been asked questions about whether or not he was ever sexually abused, and if it ever happened to him personally with Jackson. (For the record, he denies the Jackson charges vehemently, but has conceded before that he was sexually abused.)
Now, Feldman is once again fielding questions about child sexual abuse in Hollywood, this time in reference to fellow actor Elijah Wood’s thoughts on the subject. Wood said last week that Hollywood is in the midst of a child sex-abuse scandal that isn’t going to stop any time soon.
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In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Feldman, 44, warns of a “growing” danger of Hollywood predators on social media.
“This [Hollywood] is a place where adults have more direct and inappropriate connection with children than probably anywhere else in the world,” he said. “I’m not able to name names. People are frustrated, people are angry, they want to know how is this happening and they want answers and they turn to me and they say, ‘Why don’t you stand up and name names and stop hiding and being a coward?’ I would love to name names. I’d love to be the first to do it. But unfortunately California 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 says the abusers in Tinseltown also throw parties and invite mostly kids and “a handful” of adult men.
Feldman’s late friend, Canadian actor Corey Haim (they even had their own show together, The Two Coreys), apparently had it far worse than Feldman. Haim, who died at 38 in 2013 after a decades-long drug addiction, was abused more frequently and more severely, according to Feldman.
“He had more direct abuse than I did,” Feldman said to THR. “With me, there were some molestations [sic] 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.”
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Allegedly, Haim and Feldman were abused by the same network of child predators.
“I believe that Haim’s rapist was probably connected to something bigger and that is probably how he has remained protected for all these years,” Feldman said. “This person uses intimidation and threats as a way to keep people quiet. And all these men were all friends. Ask anybody in our group of kids at that time: They were passing us back and forth to each other.”
In what can only be described as terrifying and traumatizing, Feldman still occasionally runs into one of his alleged former abusers.
“We’ve run into each other many times but no, I’ve never confronted him,” he said.
Feldman has undergone extensive therapy over the years, and claims he’s much happier now.
To read Feldman’s full (and at times harrowing) interview, head on over to THR.
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