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Title: Will people now believe Corey Feldman about Hollywood abusers?
Source: NY Post
URL Source: http://nypost.com/2017/10/18/will-p ... ldman-about-hollywood-abusers/
Published: Oct 19, 2017
Author: Maureen Callahan
Post Date: 2017-10-19 09:49:19 by cranky
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Views: 147
Comments: 11

Corey Feldman

One of the big lessons from the Harvey Weinstein scandal is the number of victims who weren’t believed. Model Zoë Brock said Weinstein chased her around a hotel room naked, begging for a massage. It was 1997, and “no one believed my story,” Brock said. Angie Everhart said no one believed her when she recounted Weinstein barging into her guest room on a yacht, blocking her door and masturbating to completion. For quite some time, no one believed Rose McGowan’s tweets that heavily implied Weinstein raped her.

So: If “Believe the victim” is, in fact, the lesson here, why won’t anyone believe Corey Feldman?

For years, Feldman has been adamant that he and childhood friend Corey Haim were victims of molestation in Hollywood, and that predators remain. Yet he’s been treated as though he’s reporting alien abductions. Feldman may have been easily dismissible from a career standpoint — even he’s admitted so — but his accounts have never wavered. Still, his story has been treated with dubiousness if not outright contempt.

Look at a 2013 clip from “The View.” A sad, calm Feldman tells Barbara Walters, “I’m saying . . . the people that did this to both me and Corey, that are still working, they’re still out there and they’re some of the richest, most powerful people in this business. And they do not want me saying what I’m saying right now.”

Walters fairly clutches her pearls. “Are you saying that they’re pedophiles?” she asks.

“Yes,” Feldman says. As he went on to warn parents of hopeful children, Walters chastised him.

“You’re damaging an entire industry!” she said.

Yes, Corey Feldman makes the painful public pronouncement that he and Haim were molested repeatedly, plenty in Hollywood knew, that it still goes on, and Walters defends an industry that still reveres Woody Allen and Roman Polanksi.

Would anyone talk to a female rape victim like that? Will anyone listen to Feldman now?

As recently as 2016, Feldman testified to The Hollywood Reporter that he and Haim were repeatedly molested as child stars.

“All these men were all friends,” Feldman said of the perpetrators. “Ask anybody from our group of kids at that time. They were passing us back and forth to each other.”

Feldman also detailed such abuse in his 2013 memoir “Coreyography,” and he and Haim addressed it on their A&E reality show “The Two Coreys.”

Feldman has said Haim’s experience was worse. “He had more direct abuse than I did,” he told THR. “With me, there were some molestations, and it did come from several hands, so to speak, but with Corey, his was direct rape.”

In his book, Feldman writes that Haim was raped at age 11 on the set of the 1986 film “Lucas,” which co-starred up-and-comers Charlie Sheen and Winona Ryder.

“The man who had stolen his innocence,” Feldman writes, “ . . . walks around now, one of the most successful people in the entertainment industry, still making money hand over fist.”

For legal reasons, Feldman says he cannot name names. “Unfortunately California conveniently enough has a statute of limitations that prevents that from happening,” he told THR, adding that the onus is on lawmakers to rectify that — “especially because this is where the entertainment industry is and this is a place where adults have more direct and inappropriate connection with children than probably anywhere else in the world.”

In 2014, director Amy Berg struggled to find distribution for “An Open Secret,” her documentary about rampant pedophilia in Hollywood. For her 2006 doc “Deliver Us From Evil,” uncovering the very same crimes in the Catholic Church, Berg won an Oscar nomination.

This is yet another damning example of Hollywood’s hypocrisy — anything going on in their own back yard, no matter how depraved, must be tolerated and covered up for image and profit. Still, the town collectively bellows about morality and social justice to the rest of us.

To wit: In 2014, SAG-AFTRA threatened to sue Berg over “An Open Secret” unless she cut all references to the union’s Young Performers Committee, along with most of her interview with one of Hollywood’s most vocal watchdogs. It’s clear why SAG-AFTRA was alarmed: In her doc, Berg reveals that convicted child molesters still openly work in Hollywood, with children, today.

“I don’t think anyone takes it very seriously,” Berg told Elle in 2014 of child predation. “I think the industry has accepted it as industry standard.”

“It’s shocking,” Berg’s co-producer Matthew Valentinas said. “Animals have more protections and rights on a film set than children do.”

Berg stood up to SAG-AFTRA, but unsurprisingly, her film never gained traction — no streaming service, no cable outlet would pick it up. “An Open Secret” is instead on YouTube, where it’s racked up over 1 million views. As Berg’s film made headlines, Elijah Wood, himself a former child star, said that if not for his protective mother, he too could have been a victim.

“I’ve been led down dark paths to realize that these things probably are still happening,” Wood told the Sunday Times of London last year. “If you’re innocent, you have very little knowledge of the world and you want to succeed. People with parasitic interests will see you as their prey.”

Wood, who later walked back these statements, compared Hollywood’s child sex abuse problem to the UK’s scandal involving late TV host Jimmy Savile, alleged to have sexually abused nearly 600 people, young children among them, over a period of 50 years.

Wood said that since “victims can’t speak as loudly as people in power,” child abuse in Hollywood will continue unabated. Unless, of course, Feldman is publicly joined, as Rose McGowan was, by other victims of the famous and powerful.

Some are already approaching that line. Prominent actresses who’ve come forward since the Weinstein scandal broke aren’t all describing sexual harassment: A few are describing sexual assault as minors. This week, Reese Witherspoon said a director sexually assaulted her when she was 16.

“I wish that I could tell you that was an isolated incident in my career, but it wasn’t,” Witherspoon said.

Molly Ringwald wrote in the New Yorker that at age 13, “a 50 year old crew member . . . push[ed] against me with an erection,” and at age 14, “a married film director stuck his tongue in my mouth on set.”

It’s only a wonder there aren’t more broken child stars. The ones in our midst, mocked on our celebrity gossip blogs and in our Facebook feeds, likely deserve our compassion, not our contempt. Anne Henry, who co-founded the Hollywood child advocacy group BizParentz, told the Sunday Times of London that about 75 percent of child stars gone crazy had suffered industry abuse.

“This problem has been endemic in Hollywood for a long time,” she said, “and it’s finally coming to light.”

Not soon enough.

Corey Haim died on March 10, 2010. He was 38 years old. His cause of death was pneumonia, but Feldman believes the abuse Haim suffered, his lifelong attempts to self-medicate with hard drugs, and the industry’s callous disregard for their most vulnerable are to blame. After Haim was omitted from the Oscars’ “In Memoriam” tribute, Feldman came forward in 2011.

“I can tell you that the No. 1 problem in Hollywood was and is and always will be pedophilia,” he told Nightline. “That’s the biggest problem for children in this industry . . . It’s the big secret.”

Maybe Harvey Weinstein isn’t so crazy to think he has a second chance. Hey, at least he’s not a child molester. And if Hollywood lets child molesters work unfettered — Polanski’s currently filming a documentary about his own sad childhood, sure to be lauded — why not Harvey Weinstein? (1 image)

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#1. To: cranky (#0)

Signs of this have been popping up just under the surface of public attention. Elijah Wood warned about it years ago.

Pinguinite  posted on  2017-10-19   11:36:17 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Pinguinite (#1)

Elijah Wood warned about it years ago.

Yeah but he semi-recanted his story.

And, not a peep since (that I know of).

that's my story and i'm sticking to it

cranky  posted on  2017-10-19   12:17:34 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: cranky (#2)

Yeah but he semi-recanted his story.

Not heard about that, but when it comes to pedophilia, a semi-retraction doesn't count for much. I think he did say it didn't happen to him because his Mom kept a close eye on him and didn't let him go to any production parties.

And, not a peep since (that I know of).

Key words: "that I know of". That this activity is kept hush hush is exactly the problem when it comes to accountability.

Pinguinite  posted on  2017-10-19   12:55:47 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Pinguinite (#3)

That this activity is kept hush hush is exactly the problem when it comes to accountability.

The Savile scandal rocked Britain a few years ago (pedophilia and necrophilia, as I recall).

It was during that time that Wood made the broadsheets and tabloids.

I haven't read any more recent statements by him or his people.

that's my story and i'm sticking to it

cranky  posted on  2017-10-19   14:58:04 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: cranky (#0)

Just the other day I went for a check up and I too felt violated. It started out normal but then he asked me to drop my trousers. He cupped my sac for an unusually long amount of time but never asked me to cough which I thought was strange. Then he put a finger in my dumper and when he was done he said "Ok you can rinse now. Here's a toothbrush. See you in 6 months" .... I hate going to the dentist.

I'm the infidel... Allah warned you about. كافر المسلح

GrandIsland  posted on  2017-10-19   20:31:22 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: cranky (#0)

Will people now believe Corey Feldman about Hollywood abusers?

No. They can't admit that without admitting they knowingly covered up the rape of young boys by homosexual Hollywood elite child molesters. Hey! There was money to be made,and nobody is greedier than the leftists in the entertainment biz.

In the entire history of the world,the only nations that had to build walls to keep their own citizens from leaving were those with leftist governments.

sneakypete  posted on  2017-10-19   20:51:49 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: GrandIsland (#5)

" "Ok you can rinse now. Here's a toothbrush. See you in 6 months" .... I hate going to the dentist. "

LOL !!

GI, I think you need to find a new dentist, LOL !!

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Stoner  posted on  2017-10-19   21:08:03 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: sneakypete, Pinguinite, GrandIsland (#6)

Maybe it isn't over just yet. Of course, if nothing else, the old bitch will beg off by saying she was having a senior moment. At worst, she gets a sudden retirement, a la Helen Thomas.

PageSix: Barbara Walters faces backlash after Corey Feldman clip resurfaces

Barbara Walters is the latest star to find herself sucked into the death spiral of disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

An old video of Walters shutting down actor Corey Feldman when he spoke out about sex abuse in Hollywood on “The View” is recirculating with calls for Walters to apologize.

Feldman, who has spoken publicly about the abuse he suffered along with fellow ‘80s star Corey Haim, appeared on “The View” in 2013 and did not shy away from speaking out about the powerful person in Hollywood who harmed him. Walters challenged his claim in the sit-down that is now making the rounds as allegations of abuse mount against Weinstein.

This isn’t the first time Walters has been taken to task for her interviewing style. The ABC star has often been criticized for indulging the powerful in Hollywood.

. . .

She made headlines in 2014 for defending Woody Allen amid resurfaced molestation allegations.

The new criticism also comes one month after reports surfaced that the former “20/20” host is “forgetful, fearful of falling, and isolated.”

Her rep, Cindi Berger, told Fox News at the time that the reports were false, adding, “I see Barbara every 2-3 weeks and she’s fine. I’m actually seeing her next week for tea.”

Walters isn’t the only network bigwig taking heat. NBC News president Noah Oppenheim has been slammed for killing Ronan Farrow’s investigation into the scandalized producer. Oppenheim, who’s denied any ties to Weinstein, is now facing allegations that he sat at the same table as Weinstein at a glamorous New York gala in April.

Tooconservative  posted on  2017-10-19   22:43:13 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#9. To: Tooconservative (#8)

Hmm...

Seems an awful lot like a conspiracy involving Hollywood. Thank God that kind of shit with cover ups doesn't happen in the government.

'What kind of man gives cigarettes to trees?'

Dead Culture Watch  posted on  2017-10-19   22:48:03 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#10. To: GrandIsland (#5)

I hate going to the dentist.

On the other hand, your dentist seems to do a thorough cavity search.

that's my story and i'm sticking to it

cranky  posted on  2017-10-20   6:49:27 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#11. To: GrandIsland (#5)

I never thought it would happen to me.

I went to the dentist and a hot, young, big breasted assistant thought I might need a special exam. She invited me to a back room and took off her clothes. She said it was important I do the same....

Oh wait, this was just something I read in Penthouse. Never mind.

no gnu taxes  posted on  2017-10-20   12:32:26 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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