Corey Feldman and Elijah Wood, both former child actors in Hollywood, have made a huge accusation against the film industry. In 2011 Feldman broke his silence when he claimed Hollywood is rampant with pedophiles, describing them as “vultures.” He also claimed Corey Haim, his co-star in the film “The Lost Boys,” died in part because of the years of abuse Haim suffered at the hands of a film mogul, who Feldman would not name.
Now, superstar Wood, best known for his role as Frodo in “The Lord of The Rings, is echoing Feldman’s horrific claims. He too claims Hollywood is overrun with predators who prey on young child stars.
In an interview with The Sunday Times, Wood said his mother protected him from the preying pedophiles, many of whom worked openly in Hollywood. Wood equated the child sex scandals in Hollywood to the 1970s pedophile Jimmy Savile of the U.K. who abused over 500 children in his position as a television talk-show host.
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“Clearly something major was going on in Hollywood. It was all organized. There are a lot of vipers in this industry, people who only have their own interests in mind. There is a darkness in the underbelly – if you can imagine it, it’s probably happened,” Wood told The Sunday Times.
Henry Bodkin, writing for The Telegraph, described the current of accusations. “Allegations that senior Hollywood figures have been protecting child abusers have gathered pace in recent years. Anne Henry, co-founder of Bizparents, a group set up to help child actors, said Hollywood is currently sheltering around 100 active abusers and said a “tsunami” of claims was beginning. Corey Feldman, another former child actor who started in films such as Gremlins, the Goonies and Stand by Me in the 1980s , has said that as a young teenager he was “surrounded” by abusers,” Bodkin wrote.
Wood concluded the interview by describing the dangers child actors face. “If you’re innocent you have very little knowledge of the world and you want to succeed. People with parasitic interests will see you as their prey,” he said.
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