Sitting with Nightline for an interview that aired earlier this week, Corey Feldman made some heartbreaking allegations about pedophilia being the No. 1 problem facing child actors in Hollywood, including claiming its impact on his late friend Corey Haim’s addictions. “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,” Feldman said. Watch his interview below.
He said pedophilia was and always will be Hollywood’s “big secret,” and that, “I was surrounded by them when I was 14 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…. till I went, ohmygod, they were everywhere like vultures.” He continued: “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, and that’s got to change. That’s got to stop.” He refused to name names.
I wish Nightline would have asked the question, “Why can’t you be the one to expose these people?” If it’s as common as Feldman says, there are still children at risk. Wouldn’t he want to stop them from suffering the same fate? I’ll concede that a TV interview isn’t the proper venue to air these accusations, but if his claims are valid, shouldn’t he take them to the authorities in order to protect the current crop of child actors? A rep for Feldman tells EW, “What Corey came out and said the other night is something that people have been whispering about for some time. As this is a very sensitive subject and the fact that minors are involved, one must proceed very carefully. Corey is deciding how to continue down this path and to help keep the dignity of individuals protected.”
In an email to Nightline, Corey Haim’s mother said, “I am not willing to discuss, or respond to anything Corey Feldman has to say… I wish he would talk about himself only and leave my son out of it.” On their A&E reality show The Two Coreys, Haim and Feldman discussed their dark pasts. In one clip, Haim accused Feldman of doing nothing to help him when he was “raped, so to speak” at 14. “You wanna talk about the truth, well then okay, let’s talk about the truth,” Feldman responded. “I was being molested at the same time by somebody else. What did you do?”