A former child star has spoken out against the abuse he suffered at the hands of Hollywood paedophiles.
Corey Feldman has described how he and Corey Haim was repeatedly groomed, molested and plied with alcohol by a producer at the age of 11.
His comments came just days after another former child star, Elijah Wood spoke out against paedophilia in Hollywood.
Feldman described how several people were involved in his abuse, while Corey Haim was raped repeatedly and struggled with drink and drugs as a result.
In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, he explained: “He had more direct abuse than I did. 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,’ said Feldman of the sexual abuse suffered by Haim.
“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.
“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,’ explained Feldman.
“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.”
Feldman explained that kids between the ages of 10 and 16 were preferred by the paedophiles.
He added that one of the men who abused him was employed by his own father and his parents had no idea.
Children would often be groomed at private parties, award shows and charity functions.
According to Feldman, it was also common for young men at the time, such as Haim, to be required to have sex with older men.
Explaining why he wouldn’t name anyone, he said: “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 — 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.”
Feldman added that he has been helped by years of therapy and rehab, and makes it clear that it was a long and difficult struggle to get to the place he is at now.
He also wrote about Haim spending time with Martin Weiss, a well known manager of child actors, while they were filming The Lost Boys.
He claimed in the book that one day on set, Haim, who was 15 during filming, was aroused and wanted to have sex.
“The two walked, single file, into the adjoining room. … I heard sounds, banging, thumping. I felt my stomach flip-flop. I felt sick,” he said.
Weiss was arrested in 2011 after one of his clients told police he had been sexually abused by him when he was just 11-years-old, claiming the incidents happened 30 to 40 times over a three year period.
He eventually pleaded no contest to two counts of child molestation in 2012 and was sentenced to a year in jail and five years probation.
Weiss was immediately released after entering his plea for time served.
Feldman also detailed a night when he received oral sex from a man after he was fed a cocktail of drugs.
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