Earlier this week, actor Elijah Wood spoke out about Hollywood's unuttered child sex abuse problem, saying that the industry is full of "vipers" who prey upon young and impressionable stars.
Corey Feldman, star of '80s classics like The Goonies, Gremlins and The Lost Boys, added his voice to the mix in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. He'd spoken out in the past about being molested as a child, as well as the rape of his co-star and friend, the late Corey Haim, at the hands of Hollywood predators.
But following Wood's comments this week, Feldman has spoken at length about his belief that their experience was the result of a network of predators in Hollywood that protect one another.
He told THR:
"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."
It's a disturbing revelation that Feldman said is "a growing problem, not a shrinking problem." The actor pointed out that with the advent of social media, it's even easier for the powerful to prey on the kids of Hollywood by creating fake accounts and promising to advance their careers.
Unfortunately, Feldman also told the magazine that there's nothing he can do to name names due to legal reasons. He explained:
"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.
"We should be talking to the district attorneys and the lawmakers in California, especially because this is where the entertainment industry is and this is a place where adults have more direct and inappropriate connection with children than probably anywhere else in the world."
He did clarify that if someone else were to come forward with claims that fell within the statute of limitations for California, he'd "certainly be more than happy to back them up. But that hasn't happened." The actor said that one of the men who molested him is still very prominent in Hollywood today.
On Haim, who passed away in 2010 after many years of drug abuse, Feldman added:
"He was my best friend. I miss the chemistry, I miss having my best friend. He was the only person that could make me laugh unstoppably."
Feldman has a new record dropping on June 22 called Angelic 2 the Core, featuring the single "Go 4 It" with Snoop Dogg.