Thursday, 26 May 2016
Corey Feldman: Corey Haim and I were ‘passed around’ to Hollywood paedophiles
WARNING: Distressing content.
COREY Feldman, the star of iconic ’80s films Goonies, Stand By Me and The Lost Boys, has spoken out about a reported culture of paedophilia in Hollywood, reportsthe New York Post.
Fellow actor Elijah Wood recently said in an interview that paedophilia is Hollywood’s “evil secret”, claiming that “organised sexual abuse of children in Hollywood is rife”. (Wood later said many of his comments were taken out of context.)
In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Feldman backed up Wood’s claims, speaking out about his late best friend Corey Haim’s rape by a producer at age 11, and the abundance of children’s parties where predators groomed their targets.
“With me, there were some molestations and it did come from several hands, so to speak, but with Corey [Haim], his was direct rape, whereas mine was not actual rape. 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.
“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. [Alison Arngrim] from Little House on the Prairie said [in an interview], ‘Everybody knew that the two Coreys were just being passed around,’” Feldman told the magazine.
“They would throw these parties where you’d walk in and it would be mostly kids and there would be a handful of adult men. They would also be at the film awards and children’s charity functions,” he said, noting that the kids’ ages ranged from 10 to 16. While he doesn’t explicitly identify his abusers, he claimed one of the men was an employee of his father’s and often acted as his guardian, adding, “He’s still prominently in the business today.”
The two Coreys in The Lost Boys
“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 … I would love to name names. I’d love to be the first to do it. 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 … 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. But that hasn’t happened.”
One person Feldman insists isn’t guilty of preying on children? His former friend and mentor, Michael Jackson. “There was definitely a dark side to him,” Feldman said, “but that dark side in no way connected itself to paedophilia by my estimation.”
Feldman’s story echoes similar sentiments Elijah Wood expressed (and then back-pedaled on) this week. The Lord of the Rings star told the Sunday Times, “There are a lot of vipers in this industry. People with parasitic interests will see you as their prey.” He later tweeted that his comments were taken out of context.