Update: The Los Angeles Police Department has issued a statement that it has closed the investigation into Corey Feldman’s official report about pedophiliac abuse in Hollywood. The statute of limitations on such child abuse in California comes into effect when the complainant is over 40. Feldman is 46.
LOS ANGELES, California, November 9, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Former child actor Corey Feldman has filed a report with the Los Angeles police department concerning child sexual abuse in Hollywood.
Detective Ross Nemeroff, a spokesman for the LAPD, told the Hollywood Reporter that an investigation into Feldman’s claims that there is a well-established pedophile ring in Hollywood has begun.
Feldman, 46, posted the news on Twitter on Monday.
The actor has maintained for years that a pedophilia ring is active in the film industry. He has repeated many times, on television and in print, that he and the late Corey Haim, a fellow child actor, were sexually abused by men they met in Hollywood. Haim died in 2010.
“They were everywhere, like vultures.”
Describing pedophilia as the longtime “big secret” in Hollywood, Feldman told ABC News’ “Nightline Show” on August 10, 2011, that powerful older men surrounded child actors “like vultures.”
“I can tell you that the number one problem in Hollywood was, and is, and always will be pedophilia,” he said.
Feldman alleged the “casting couch” — a term for trading sex for roles — applied even to some of the youngest Hollywood stars.
“It’s not done the same way — it’s all done under the radar,” he explained. “It’s the big secret.”
Feldman, who began his career acting in commercials at age three, first appeared in a Hollywood film when he was 9. From 1984, he starred in a string of blockbusters, including Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984), Gremlins (1984), The Goonies (1985), and Stand by Me (1986). His success didn’t keep predatory adults at a distance.
“I was surrounded by them when I was 14 years old. Surrounded. Literally. Didn’t even know it,” Feldman told “Nightline.” “It wasn’t until I was old enough to realize what they were and what they wanted, and what they were about. … Oh my God, they were everywhere, like vultures.”
“There was a circle of older men that surrounded themselves around this group of kids,” he continued, “and they all had either their own power or connections to great power in the entertainment industry.”
The Two Coreys
In 1987, Feldman began to work with Corey Haim in what would become a series of Lost Boys vampire films. They starred in a number of other films together and became known in both the industry and girls’ movie star magazines as “the Two Coreys.” In 2006, the two friends, now grown men, began to tape a “reality show” called The Two Coreys. One of their conversations on the show involved mutual recriminations that one friend had not done anything to help when the other was molested or, as Haim alleged, raped.
Haim died in 2010 at age 38 of pneumonia, his health weakened by an addiction to prescription drugs. Feldman blames Haim’s adult struggles on the abuse he suffered in Hollywood. Haim’s mother Judy, however, has called Feldman’s allegations “bogus” and expressed a wish that he talk only about himself and not about her late son.
In 2011, Feldman was criticized for bringing the film industry into disrepute. However, that same year another former child star, Alison Arngrim, who played bratty Nellie Oleson on Little House on the Prairie, told Fox News that Hollywood people had gossiped about the abuse Feldman and Haim allegedly suffered.
“This has been going on for a very long time,” she said. “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 continued. “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.”
Citing fears for himself and his family, Feldman refused to name names until after the Harvey Weinstein “Harveywood” scandal broke. On October 25, Feldman announced that that he would identify his abusers, but only after he raised $10 million through crowd-funding to make a major film about child abuse.
This time, Feldman faced criticism for fundraising instead of naming men who might still be abusing children. During a heated exchange on the Today show with Matt Lauer, Feldman explained that he needed the money for his own personal security. He also said he had given the LAPD a list of names of abusers in 1993, during an investigation into Michael Jackson. In a subsequent Today show interview with Megyn Kelly, Feldman named child talent agent — and convicted pedophile — Martin Weiss as one of his abusers.
On November 3 during the Dr. Oz show, Feldman named a former actor named Jon Grissom as another abuser and, after a grilling from the host, called the Los Angeles police from the set.
Allegations against Charlie Sheen
But the most dramatic twist to the Hollywood pedophila story this week is the allegation by one of Corey Haim’s other friends, actor Dominick Brascia, that Haim was raped on the set of a film called Lucas by the then 19-year-old Charlie Sheen.
Feldman describes hearing about Haim’s rape in his 2013 memoir Coreyography:
“Within hours of our first meeting, we found ourselves talking about Lucas, the film he made in the summer of 1985, the role I had wanted for myself,” Feldman writes. “At some point during the filming, he explained an adult male convinced him that it was perfectly normal for older men and younger boys in the business to have sexual relations, that it was what ‘all guys do.’
“So they walked off to a secluded area between two trailers, during a lunch break for the cast and crew, and Haim, innocent and ambitious as he was, allowed himself to be sodomized,” Feldman continued. “(That man) walks around, one of the most successful people in the entertainment industry, still making money hand over fist.”
Feldman also hinted in an interview in 2011 that Sheen had hurt Haim in a serious way: “Well I have to be completely honest and say, I'm not a huge fan of Charlie Sheen,” he told MovieFone. “I don't make it my goal to ever talk badly in the press, we're all in it together, that's the way I look at it, but Charlie in particular, especially the way that he's affected other people that I know — point blank, Charlie and Corey started their careers pretty much together, and Corey fought for his entire life to recover from those early experiences and to get his life together.”
A representative for Charlie Sheen has denied the allegations.