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During the 80’s, Corey Feldman and his pal Corey Haim were stars of the big screen. Starring in classic movies like The Goonies, Lost Boys and Stand By Me they were definitely part of the ‘it’ crowd in Hollywood. They attended glitzy red carpet events, celebrity parties and dated lots of up and coming actresses of that era. However not all was as it seemed. They both harboured dark secrets that changed them forever and eventually led to the untimely death of Corey Haim in 2010 from a drug induced pneumonia. He was just 38 years old.
Corey Feldman has spoken out about the reported culture of paedophilia in Hollywood to the New York Post. This comes on the back of fellow actor Elijah Wood’ claims that ‘organised sexual abuse of children in Hollywood is rife.’
Feldman spoke out about his late friend’s rape by a producer on a movie set at age 11 and how the grooming of children at celebrity parties was common place:
“With me, there were some molestations and it did come from several hands, so to speak, but with Corey [Haim], his was direct rape, whereas mine was not actual rape. 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,’” Feldman told the magazine.
“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. They would also be at the film awards and children’s charity functions,” Feldman said, adding about his abuser “he’s still prominently in the business today.”
“I’m not able to name names. 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 … If somebody came forward with a suit against one of these people [who molested me], I would certainly be more than happy to back them up. But that hasn’t happened.”
During his teenage years, Feldman found himself being drawn to Michael Jackson and even called him to ask his advice and seek help. Jackson took him under his wing and Feldman says he felt safe at Neverland ranch and enjoyed the childlike freedom that surrounded him there. Feldman insists there was no abuse or inappropriate behaviour from Jackson at any time. “There was definitely a dark side to him,” Feldman said, “but that dark side in no way connected itself to paedophilia by my estimation.”
The actor says that Haim was so young when he was raped that eventually that changed the course of his life.
“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. As I look at my son, a sweet, innocent, 11-year-old boy and then try to put him in Corey Haim’s shoes, I go, Oh my God — well of course he was erratic and not well-behaved on sets and things like that. What more could we expect of him really? Everybody deals with things differently.”
When asked if he still thinks about his best friend, Feldman says “Every day. 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. He had a charisma about him and a charm and a sense of humor that was unparalleled. If I would set up a joke, he would finish it; if he would set up a joke, I would finish it. That’s something that you don’t find really twice in a lifetime. Then all the sudden that person is just gone. It’s just very, a very hard thing to accept, especially when I know he was doing so well. That’s the thing that’s so troubling — is that he was finally getting it together. Unfortunately his body just couldn’t hold up anymore.”
Unfortunately, the problem in Hollywood according to Feldman is just getting worse. With the rise of social media, predators now have a direct link to children and are able to lure them quicker through avenues like Twitter and Instagram.
“It’s more prevalent now than ever because nowadays you can use the internet to create fake profiles and fake accounts. They reach out to little kids on Twitter, they reach out to little kids on Facebook, and they say, “I’m a big producer and I can help you.” With social media we have more access than ever to everybody. It’s a growing problem, not a shrinking problem,” says Feldman.
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