Elijah Wood Speaks Out Against Child Abuse in Hollywood: “There Are a Lot of Vipers in This Industry”

"There is darkness in the underbelly."

Actor Elijah Wood, who is commonly known for his role in Lord of the Rings, has been in Hollywood since his first movie role when he was only 8. In a new interview with the Sunday Times in the U.K., the renowned actor revealed that there’s a major problem of child abuse running throughout Hollywood, and the experience he dealt with as a child actor.

“You all grew up with Savile – Jesus, it must have been devastating,” Wood, 35, said. “Clearly something major was going on in Hollywood. It was all organized. There are a lot of vipers in this industry, people who only have their own interests in mind.”

He continues, “There is darkness in the underbelly – if you can imagine it, it’s probably happened.”

The Lord of the Rings star, told the Times he avoided that underbelly, thanks to a mother who was “far more concerned with raising me to be a good human than facilitating my career.”

“I never went to parties where that kind of thing was going on. This bizarre industry presents so many paths to temptation,” he said. “If you don’t have some kind of foundation, typically from family, then it will be difficult to deal with,” he states.

Asked by the Times if he thinks sex crimes are “still a problem for Hollywood,” Wood said “these things probably still are happening.”

“From my reading and research, I’ve been led down dark paths to realize that these things probably are still happening,” he continues. “If you’re innocent, you have very little knowledge of the world and you want to succeed, people with parasitic interests will see you as their prey.”

Such abuse is double-edged, Wood concluded.