Hollywood has become an international icon for top shelf entertainment, sending American culture across the globe and turning A-list actors into international superstars with more clout than some national political leaders. But, if you believe some of the folks who have been in the industry for a while, the dream factory has a dark side.
For years now child actors have come out with claims of organized rings of pedophiles and abusers at the highest levels of the studio system and production companies. Directors, executives, and agents have all been named in the past.
In a recent article in the New York Post, child actor Corey Feldman confirmed rumors that have been swirling around his career since he was doing movies with his The Other Corey, Corey Haim. The catalyst for this admission? An interview with Elijah Wood, who said there were “predators” and “parasites” in Hollywood, looking to prey on young boys.
Feldman backed this story, telling the Post, “With me, there were some molestations, and it did come from several hands…but with Corey Haim, his was direct rape…I believe Haim’s rapist was probably connected to something bigger, and that is probably how he has remained protected for all these years.”
Feldman said he had no intention of naming names, which will lead many to discount his claims. But with all the “smoke” about this issue, many millions will assume there must be fire someplace.
Feldman went into detail about the scenarios: “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…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.”
Feldman went on to say he would like to see someone else come forward with ironclad proof he could back up, but this hasn’t happened to date.
Without the details, it’s likely this interview will blend into the folklore about Tinseltown. People have their suspicions, but the plausible deniability allows them to consume the product without feeling a part of the nastiness.
Then again, without any concrete proof, there’s always the possibility the idea of a rampant, organized ring is nothing more than rumor and innuendo. With either of these narratives as possibilities, the choice is left to the movie consumer, who is likely to believe his least favorite actors or directors capable of such horror, but never accept it from his favorite. That’s the nature of narratives that feed folklore. Those who want to believe, do, and those who don’t have an easy out.