’80s icon Corey Feldman opened up to The Hollywood Reporter this week about the “growing problem” of pedophilia in Hollywood, echoing Elijah Wood’s recent comments about the same topic. But while Wood didn’t speak from personal experience, Feldman did. And the details he shared, both about himself and his late best friend Corey Haim–who was raped at 11 years old–will shock you.
“[Haim] had more direct abuse than I did,” Feldman said. “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.”
So who were these people, exactly? Feldman told THR a few details, like that one of the men is still “in the business” today and that he’s seen him a few times but never confronted him. Feldman can’t name anyone specifically, though, for legal reasons. “…I would love to name names,” Feldman said. “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.”
Here’s the kicker, though: Feldman did say that if someone “came forward with a suit against one of these people” who molested him, he’d back them 100 percent. Until then, he must remain tight-lipped.
But the most disturbing tidbit Feldman divulged was about the seedy Hollywood parties filled with bigwigs who would “groom” young child actors. ”
“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,” Feldman said. “…that’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.’ And they turn that power over right away to the publicist or the photographers.”
Feldman said he and his friends were “passed around” at parties like this and around Hollywood. “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.'”
Despicable. Feldman is incredible for even opening up about what he did here. Head over to The Hollywood Reporter to read more of Feldman’s candid chat.