As a teenage star Corey Feldman starred in some classic movies and became an eighties Hollywood icon. But on film sets such as The Goonies, Stand By Me and The Lost Boys he claims to have been sexually abused by paedophiles. The Dancing On Ice star admits he was preyed on by many men and he plans to reveal the names of two Hollywood perverts in a tell all book.
Feldman in the 80s
The 40-year-old actor explained how at age 14 he was being leached upon and used by men like vultures. He told The Sun: 'It was basically me laying there pretending I was asleep and them going about their business.'
Corey, who has been clean of drugs for 20 years, will write a book to chronicle all the abuse that he and other actors endured as children. He decided it was time to open up about the seedy side of the industry after his Lost Boys co-star Corey Haim, 38, died and an agent was charged with child abuse. Feldman said that Haim, who died from heart failure and pneumonia, was also sexually abused and the people who did it believe that they are above the law.
He feels Hollywood have used the pair as scapegoats and labelled them drug addicts and has-beens. Corey said: 'Even today people say about me, "Eighties heartthrob; hasn't done anything since." The truth is I haven't stopped. Last year I did four films.
'Corey and I were pegged as the scapegoats... People need to know the reason Corey and I were swept under the carpet like the beaten dogs that were sent to the pound so no one had to deal with us anymore.'
Feldman first spoke out about his troubled past last year and he believes that is the reason why an anonymous former child actor claimed he had been abused by talent agent Martin Weiss. He said: 'I stood up and said there is a bigger problem, that I'd lost Corey and that I didn't want to see any more kids lost to these sick perverts.' Although Weiss, 47, did not abuse Corey, he is still helping the detective in charge of the case with investigations.
The Canadian actor is aware of the danger he is putting himself and his family in by naming those who molested him but after losing his good friend Haim he wants to protect his own son.
Video clip from ABC Nightline (August 10, 2011) Celebrity Secrets: Underage and Famous
Quotes from the video:
Corey Feldman: I can tell you that the number one problem in Hollywood was, and is, and always will be, pedophilia. That's the biggest problem for children in this industry.
Interviewer: The casting couch even applies to children?
CH: Oh yeah. Not in the same way; it's all done under the radar.
I: Nobody talks about pedophilia?
CH: It's the big secret.
I: And it's widespread?
CH: Oh yeah. I was surrounded by them when I was fourteen years old. Surrounded, literally. Didn't even know it. It wasn't until I was old enough to realize what they were, and what they wanted, and what they were about, and the types of people that were surrounding me, 'til I went, oh my god, they were everywhere, like vultures.
CF: 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. But the person who knows who did it and knows who he is, is watching right now, I can guarantee you.
I: Hmm. Intriguing.
CF: Yeah. There was a circle of older men that surrounded themselves around this group of kids, and they all had either their own power, or connections to great power, in the entertainment industry.
CF: You know, there's a lot of good people in this industry, but there's also a lot of really, really, sick, corrupt people in this industry, and there are people in this industry who have gotten away with it for so long that they feel they're above the law.
EDIT: Another article (thanks to jeugd1). Quotes:
“This has been going on for a very long time,” concurs former “Little House on the Prairie” star Alison Arngrim. “It was the gossip back in the ‘80s. People said, ‘Oh yeah, the Coreys, everyone’s had them.’ People talked about it like it was not a big deal.”
“I literally heard that they were ‘passed around,’” Arngrim said. “The word was that they were given drugs and being used for sex. It was awful – these were kids, they weren’t 18 yet. There were all sorts of stories about everyone from their, quote, ‘set guardians’ on down that these two had been sexually abused and were totally being corrupted in every possible way.”