Corey Feldman would love nothing more than to publicly identify the names of the Hollywood pedophiles who sexually abused him as a young boy, but he cannot do so for legal reasons, the former child star revealed in an interview.
In an extensive interview with the Hollywood Reporter, the now 44-year-old Lost Boys star detailed the abuse that he and his childhood best friend, fellow child star Corey Haim, endured while growing up under the bright lights of Tinseltown.
Haim died of a drug overdose at age 38 in 2010 after years of addiction.
[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 topic of pedophilia in Hollywood exploded anew this week after actor Elijah Wood gave an interview to the Sun newspaper in which he said that there was rampant, “organized” sexual abuse of young boys and girls happening regularly in the dark “underbelly” of the entertainment business. Wood later clarified that he had no first-hand knowledge of any specific acts of pedophilia in Hollywood.
Feldman told THR that one of the people who sexually abused him as a child is still a “prominent” figure in the entertainment industry today, but declined to identify him and said he had never confronted him about the abuse.
“I’m not able to name names,” Feldman told the outlet, adding:
“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 be a man and stand up and name names and stop hiding and being a coward?” I have to deal with that, which is not pleasant, especially given the fact that 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.”
Feldman also lifted the veil on the Hollywood “parties” that were organized for the express purpose of luring young boys and girls for sex.
“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,” Feldman explained.
“[T]hat’s the networking and that’s when you become pals with them and you get their phone numbers and you get their mom’s phone numbers and the next thing you know they talk to the moms and say, ‘Hey, I want to take Corey out to an event, this would be great for him, let me pick him up and take him.'” he added. “And they turn that power over right away to the publicist or the photographers.”
Feldman said he still thinks about his best friend and co-star Haim — with whom he also starred in the reality series The Two Coreys — “every day.”
“He was my best friend. I miss the chemistry, I miss having my best friend,” he told THR. “He was the only person that could make me laugh unstoppably. He had a charisma about him and a charm and a sense of humor that was unparalleled. If I would set up a joke, he would finish it; if he would set up a joke, I would finish it. That’s something that you don’t find really twice in a lifetime.”
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