Corey Feldman has been unapologetically vocal on his quest to expose paedophilia in Hollywood. While the child star’s mission has recently gained mainstream attention again in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal, it is one he has been valiantly pursuing for years.
However up until now, the 46-year-old star had never named those, allegedly, guilty of inappropriate behavior. But, that all changed when he appeared on The Dr. Oz Show… Feldman was inducted into the film industry as a three-year-old. “I literally was famous before I knew my own name,” he told ABC’s Nightline in 2011. In that same interview, The Goonies star bravely opened up about an issue that troubled him.
“The number one problem in Hollywood was and is and always will be pedophilia. That’s the biggest problem for children in this industry. … It’s the big secret. I was surrounded by [pedophiles] when I was 14 years old. … Didn’t even know it. It wasn’t until I was old enough to realize what they were and what they wanted … till I went, ‘Oh, my God. They were everywhere’.”
Feldman then went on to claim that child molesters hidden in Hollywood were to blame for the tragic death of his close friend, and fellow child actor, Corey Haim, who died in 2010 after a suspected overdose.
“There’s one person to blame in the death of Corey Haim. And that person happens to be a Hollywood mogul. And that person needs to be exposed, but, unfortunately, I can’t be the one to do it.”
Interestingly, Haim – one of the world’s most bankable child stars – was emitted from the ‘In Memoriam’ tribute at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Academy Awards in the year following his death, which many viewed as a “snub”. Feldman continued to blast the entertainment industry in the interview, which came six years before Harvey Weinstein’s misconduct blew the lid off of the dark side of Hollywood.
“There was a circle of older men… around this group of kids. And they all had either their own power or connections to great power in the entertainment industry. [T]here’s a lot of good people in this industry, but there’s also a lot of really, really sick, corrupt people. And there are people … who have gotten away with it for so long that they feel they’re above the law, and that’s got to change.”
So, when Harvey Weinstein was named and shamed for exploiting aspiring young actresses, Feldman leapt into action becoming the unlikely hero of the haunting scandal. Shortly after the allegations began to roll in, Feldman launched an Indiegogo campaign to help finance a film about his life in which he planned to expose the names of every person who had taken advantage of him as a child. The Corey Feldman ‘Truth Campaign’ has currently garnered $193,000, after 4,000 people donated to the cause in just 10 days. Shortly after launching the ‘Truth Campaign’, an exhausted Feldman made a video in which he made some chilling claims against the entertainment industry.
“I’ve been silenced my whole life, but just over past few days since I made that announcement I’ve been arrested. I had a near-death experience last night where I felt like I was almost gonna be killed … several of my band members decided to quit because they’re afraid for their lives.”
“What I’m proposing is a plan that I believe can literally change the entertainment system as we know it and I believe that I can also bring down, potentially, a pedophile ring that I’ve been aware of since I was a child. Right off the bat I can name six names, one of them who is still very powerful today.”
Feldman received mass support for his campaign, which saw all major news networks clamor for an interview with The Lost Boys actor. However, Feldman remained tight-lipped. Until this Thursday, when his Dream a Little Dream and License to Drive co-star, Jon Grissom as one of his abusers. This revelation has led many fans to speculate if Grissom is the man that Feldman refers to in his 2013 biography, Coreyography. Feldman uses the pseudonym ‘Ron Crimson’ to refer to the man, who he claims abused him. Talking told Dr. Oz how on his Myspace and Facebook page, Grissom still “has pictures of me and Corey Haim. He still taunts it and flaunts it.” Feldman then goes on to state that he reported to abused on two occasions, once to the LAPD and once to the Santa Barbara Police Department in 1993, but no action was taken. After the interview, Dr. Oz released a video saying that the show’s legal counsel believes Grissom was previously jailed for child molestation. The video went on to say that they believe Grissom now resides in California where he is a “fugitive from justice” as he never registered as a sex offender. Meanwhile, the Harvey Weinstein case continues to rage on. Watch this video for the latest update on the scandal that is still rocking Hollywood weeks later:
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