Corey Feldman has responded to Elijah Wood‘s recent comments about child abuse in Hollywood.
Wood compared the situation in Hollywood to the Jimmy Saville scandal in an interview with The Sunday Times.
He told the newspaper: “You all grew up with Jimmy Savile. Jesus, that must have been devastating. Clearly, something major was going on in Hollywood. It was all organised.”
He later clarified his comments, tweeting: “I had just seen a powerful documentary and I briefly spoke with the reporter about the subject, which had consequences I did not intend or expect. Lesson learned.”
“Let me be clear: This subject of child abuse is an important one that should be discussed and properly investigated. But as I made absolutely clear to the writer, I have no first hand experience or observation of the topic, so I cannot speak with any authority beyond articles I have read and films I have seen.”
Feldman, who starred in movies such as The Goonies and The Lost Boys has now given a new interview discussing his experiences of child abuse in Hollywood.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, he said he would “love to name names” of those that had abused him.
“Unfortunately California conveniently enough has a statute of limitations that prevents that from happening,” he explained. “Because if I were to go and mention anybody’s name I would be the one that would be in legal problems and I’m the one that would be sued.”
He also said one of the men who molested him as a child is “still prominently in the business today” and described the problem of child abuse in the movie industry as “a growing problem, not a shrinking problem”, due in part to social media.
“It’s more now than ever because nowadays you can use the internet to create fake profiles and fake accounts,” he said. “They reach out to little kids on Twitter, they reach out to little kids on Facebook, and they say, “I’m a big producer and I can help you.” With social media we have more access than ever to everybody.”