Robert Gehl reports that the other shoe is about to drop on Hollywood.
As disgusting as Harvey Weinstein’s behavior is, sexual harassment, allegations of misconduct, assault and rape, Hollywood’s other secret is about to bubble its way to the top.
There is secret of rampant child sexual abuse happening in Hollywood, and the cover is about to be blown off.
Nowhere in the world do adult men have more direct and inappropriate connection and contact with children than in Hollywood, former child actor Corey Feldman said. And he’s speaking up about it.
Feldman said his best childhood friend, fellow actor Corey Haim, suffered far greater abuse than he ever did in Hollywood.
“[Haim] 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. 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. 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?”
He continued, “Everybody deals with things differently. 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.”
Weinstein is alleged to have harassed, assaulted, or raped dozens of women. Allegedly, he paid off at least eight of his accusers, on the condition that they agree to strict nondisclosure agreements to prevent their stories from going public. The Daily Beast reports:
Beyond the legal hurdles, Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan alleges that the actor Ben Affleck knew about his sometime employer’s predatory behavior and failed to speak up, while other A-listers Matt Damon and Russell Crowe were named by journalist Sharon Waxman as unwittingly helping to kill a New York Times exposé on Weinstein back in 2004.
In the case of Weinstein, the abuse lasted decades, but it took an actress of Ashley Judd’s stature to finally speak out about him and let the floodgates open. Unfortunately, such a groundswell is not likely to come from an actor like Feldman, an ’80s star who doesn’t have the industry cachet of an Ashley Judd.