Child sexual abuse has been one of Hollywood’s dirtiest and biggest secrets for a long time. One of the brave survivors who have come forward to share their experiences with the public is Corey Feldman, a former child-star.
Amidst all of the Harvey Weinstein scandals, Feldman chose to bring more attention to his child sexual abuse allegations in Hollywood, as sexual violence is extremely common in Hollywood and affects not only an astonishing number of women, but many men and children as well.
Feldman tweeted multiple times late last week explaining that although he will not name “anyone else’s” abuser, he would “love others to come forward.”
“For the record: I will not be going on a talk show to disclose names of my abuser or anyone else’s abusers. So please stop asking me to do so,” he tweeted.
“Also let me add, this is not about fear of being sued! Yes that’s a real possibility but the bigger reason is safety for my family,” Feldman tweeted.
“My career was shut down, I have been mocked and shamed for doing what I have done to this point!”
He added that he would “love others to come forward as there are many other witnesses to the crimes I have addressed. Still not one of my peers has offered anything up in a decade.”
Shortly after Feldman chose to recount his child sexual abuse allegations over social media, he was arrested for marijuana possession. However, the official story is full of holes, and Feldman was quick to point out the irony over the timing.
Corey Feldman Arrested for Marijuana Possession After Discussing Pedophilia in Hollywood
Only days after Feldman had publicly discussed the prevalence of pedophilia in Hollywood, making international headlines all over again, he was arrested under some pretty suspicious marijuana charges.
Feldman’s tour bus was pulled over for speeding, but then an officer allegedly “smelled marijuana” and searched Feldman. Feldman and his crew were then taken down to the station and Feldman was charged with speeding, driving under suspension, and possession of marijuana, although he was released after paying a fine.
However, Feldman took to Twitter again to share the details of his arrest, which differ from the official story. He wrote:
“Crew having medical marijuana, with a legal CA prescription, I had nothing on me, but was charged because its my bus. Also 5 others were charged due to having legal medicines without their particular bottles.
“No illegal or street drugs were found on the bus at all! Which is why nobody spent the night in jail. However we were promised that these charges could all be dropped with proof of proper scripts! It was a bit of a good ol shakedown! After we paid them in cash, they asked for pics and autographs, and then called the local paper to do interviews!
It’s clear that Feldman faced some troubles with the law this week, but whether or not this was part of some greater plan to discourage him from speaking out about child sexual abuse and pedophilia in Hollywood remains unclear.
All we know is that it’s important that we keep an open mind when listening to Feldman’s words and provide him with a safe space to speak his truth, otherwise other survivors will never come forward!
Feldman has not shied away from disclosing his encounters with child sexual abuse in Hollywood in the past.
In 2011, Feldman stated, “I can tell you that the No. 1 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,” he continued.
You can watch the ABC News interview with Feldman below:
Corey Feldman isn’t the first prominent actor to come forward to discuss the underground, unspoken world of pedophilia in Hollywood.
For example, Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood has spoken out about this issue as well. “Let me be clear: This subject of child abuse is an important one that should be discussed and properly investigated,” Wood said.
“It was all organized,” he continued. “There are a lot of vipers in this industry, people who only have their own interests in mind. There is darkness in the underbelly.”
“What bums me about these situations is that the victims can’t speak as loudly as the people in power,” Wood stated. “That’s the tragedy of attempting to reveal what is happening to innocent people: They can be squashed, but their lives have been irreparably damaged.”
The sad truth is, our economic system isn’t kind to sexual abuse survivors, whether it’s against women, men, or children.
People in positions of authority abuse their power far too often to commit sex crimes, and then they get off scot-free because people are either too afraid to come forward or the justice system refuses to adequately punish powerful people.
As Feldman explained, “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.”
It’s not just higher-ups in Hollywood who take advantage of their privilege and abuse their positions of authority, either.
Cops, politicians, big shot executives, and other higher-ups and government officials commit sexually violent acts against men, women, and children far too often, and yet many of these crimes go unpunished, or even worse, unacknowledged.
Why? Because within the constraints of our current economic system, money and power often trump ethics.
Hierarchy is designed to benefit those who sit on top of the throne, and everyone else who lies below their positions are often left at a disadvantage.
Our economic system is doing an injustice to rape survivors, as many feel they cannot share their experiences with the public because their aggressor holds so much power or public sway.
What’s worse, many feel they cannot even say “no” in the first place because it would endanger their career, livelihood, or reputation.
That’s why it’s so important that we create an open, safe space for survivors to come forward. Many survivors are already terrified enough to share their experiences publicly; we should be making it easier for them to do so, not more difficult.
By Kalee Brown, Guest author