Former child acting star Corey Feldman has alleged that many people in the entertainment industry knew about a pedophile ring in existence in Hollywood.
The star of Goonies and Lost Boys, among other movies, made the allegations in a Hollywood Reporter interview.
He spoke about his close friend and co-star Corey Haim, who died following a battle with drugs in 2010.
“With me, there were some molestations, and it did come from several hands, so to speak,” Feldman told Hollywood Reporter, “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.”
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He alleged these incidents were no secret.
“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,’” he said.
Feldman made clear he knew who was involved.
“Let’s just say it this way: I know every single person that interfered with his life and he knew every person that interfered with mine,” he added.
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He attacked California’s legal system for preventing the uncovering of such crimes.
“I’m not able to name names,” Feldman told the Hollywood Reporter.
“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,” he added.
He urged pressure to be placed on politicians to make the appropriate changes, adding that he knew one alleged perpetrator still in the industry.
“One of them is. He’s still prominently in the business today,” Feldman said.
Feldman’s allegations came just days after Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood made similar claims.
Wood suggested pedophiles were being protected by powerful people.
“That’s the tragedy of attempting to reveal what is happening to innocent people,” Wood said, according to The Telegraph.
“They can be squashed but their lives have been irreparably damaged,” he added.