It looks like Elijah Wood's comments to The Sunday Times earlier this week have struck a nerve. The actor described the Hollywood scene as full of "vipers" and his words have certainly dredged up a few painful memories for actor Corey Feldman, who has come out with more details about the abuse he says he suffered as a prolific child actor in '80s Hollywood.
The star of classic films such as Stand By Me, The Goonies, Gremlins and The Lost Boys, has spoken before about the abuse he and close friend Corey Haim suffered at the hands of Hollywood insuiders, but this time he goes into more detail, telling The Hollywood Reporter that Haim was raped by a known industry figure who may have been part of a larger paedophile ring.
"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." Like it was something people joked about on studio lots," said Feldman in the interview.
Feldman is quick to point out the abuse wasn't from executives or directors, per se, he says, "the people that I knew doing it were publicists, they were photographers for teen magazines, things like that." Feldman says it has taken him years of therapy to get over his demons, but unfortunately for Corey Haim, he wasn't so lucky, Haim passed away from a drug overdose in 2010, aged 38, after years of substance abuse.
"He had more direct abuse than I did. 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."
Feldman also says he refuses to name names for legal reasons. "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."
Feldman believes that social media is making paedophilia an even bigger problem than it was back in the '80s, and that its even easier for people in Hollywood. "This is a place where adults have more direct and inappropriate connection with children than probably anywhere else in the world."