Former child star Corey Feldman says he was molested as a young actor by multiple predators — including one industry insider who is still prominent in Hollywood today.
But “The Lost Boys” alum told The Hollywood Reporter that he can’t name names under California’s statute of limitations or he’ll be the one facing legal problems.
“I had to go through a lot of therapy and group therapy and rehabilitation and all sorts of things to be put on this ground that I’m on now,” Feldman, now 44, told the industry trade.
As bad as his own experiences were, they paled compared to the horror faced by his best friend and fellow actor Corey Haim, who died of pneumonia in 2010 after years of battling drug addiction.
“(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,” Feldman told the Hollywood Reporter.
“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.’ “
The issue of pedophilia in Hollywood has become ready for its close-up after the 2014 Amy Berg-directed documentary, “An Open Secret,” detailed predatory parties where older men would target teenaged aspiring actors.
More recently, Elijah Wood, who also broke into the industry at a young age, said that “There are a lot of vipers” in the film industry. He added that his mother protected him at the time by not allowing him to go to industry parties.
Wood later clarified to The Hollywood Reporter that he had “no first-hand experience or observation” of those parties beyond articles he read and the films he had seen.
Feldman, however, did have that first-hand observation.
“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,” recalled Feldman. “They would also be at the film awards and children’s charity functions.
“The range was usually 10 to 16. The lure for kids is that they work in adult world … When somebody approaches you and says, ‘Hey, this is a Hollywood party where you get to hang out with the powerful people in Hollywood,’ well that sounds like a great opportunity.”
Feldman says one of the people who molested him during that period of the ’80s was an employee his father’s management company.
“My father hired this man and this man coaxed me into trying every single drug that I ever tried,” the “Stand By Me” actor said.
“He says, ‘Hey I’m going to be your best friend, I’ll take you to Disneyland, I’ll take you to the Comedy Store.’ He was my assistant, my driver, my chaperone, and also basically my guardian.”