Former child actor Corey Feldman has recently found himself trust back into the spotlight, following what looks like a massive purge/exposure of sexual harassment, assault, and rape in Hollywood (and thereabouts). Feldman has been one of the few celebrities who has consistently rang the alarm about child abuse in the entertainment industry—usually to deaf ears (or, in the case of an interview with Barbara Walters, to the receipt of a scolding).
Now Feldman has launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for a proposed documentary on his late buddy Corey Haim’s life—as well as being “a way to regain control over who has access to children in the industry, while weeding out the criminals who have already caused the damage.”
Per the Indiegogo site:
We are asking for friends, fans, family, industry peers, and people from all walks of life who may not know who Corey is or what this story is about, to all help pitch in, at fighting back against the Hollywood system, the best way a man created in the system, knows how to defend himself; by telling his truth through his art. This is much bigger than raising finance for a film, this is about the balance of Good and Evil in very real terms. Ever since Corey announced he was working on a plan to come forward with more information, he has been arrested, had a near death event, and his band quit with no explanation other than saying they were afraid to continue. Corey and I fear for our safety, and we need protection to get this truth out.
Feldman had reported his own childhood molestation to the police—as well as the names of the Hollywood people who committed it—in 1993, when he was questioned in relation to the Michael Jackson case. He claims the authorities did nothing to follow up on those claims.
He later publicly recounted those molestation experiences a number of times—as well as stating that his friend Haim had been raped as a teenager:
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.
Corey Haim was plagued by drug addiction in his later years, and died of pneumonia at the age of 38.
Feldman has not publicly named either his or Haim’s assaulters, citing legal & security concerns. But this recently launched Indiegogo campaign seems to be a turn in the road:
Corey believes this revolutionary approach to self financing and self distribution can revolutionize the film industry and take away the power from those who now hold the keys to the world of Entertainment, which allows the power monsters to continue doing the things they have for so long. This can truly be a way to regain control over who has access to children in the industry, while weeding out the criminals who have already caused the damage. This is a call for the world to unite for a most important cause, to preserve the innocence of children.
My take on all this? I believe Feldman. I believe Haim was raped by an adult, and I believe pedophilia in Hollywood exists. But unlike in the Harvey Weinstein case, it does seem like some of the mainstream media are content to cast this story with the “Pizzagate” stuff to almost make it feel like it couldn’t possibly exist.
But there has been child abuse in Hollywood from its earliest days (a twelve-year-old Shirley Temple was flashed by the associate producer of The Wizard Of Oz in his office), and plenty of verified child abuse conspiracies such as the Catholic Church and Jimmy Savile have been on record. So how is it so unbelievable that child abusers in Hollywood—Hollywood, which protected a man who allegedly ripped the bloody tampon out of a woman’s vagina and sexually assaulted her—would use their power and position to hurt children? It’s not fucking rocket science to put this all together.
I think Feldman has been incredibly scarred by his experiences—as well as exploited and abandoned by his industry. An industry that was supposed to protect the children under their employ but CLEARLY failed in a number of cases (check out the **legitimate** documentary An Open Secret for that info). And I think the unresolved and horrific nature of Haim’s rape was a contributing factor to his early death.
And so that’s what I think. And if you want to go dismiss that and lump it all in with Pizzagate or aliens or unicorns go right the fuck ahead I couldn’t give less of a shit.
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