Elijah Wood was the subject of a recent interview published. In it, he spoke of the “darkness in the underbelly” of Hollywood in regards to pedophilia and child abuse. A day later, his statements weren’t recanted, however he made it clear in a follow-up article that he didn’t know firsthand of any cases of child abuse in Hollywood. Enter Corey Feldman.
Corey was a huge 80s and 90s child actor, finding himself with roles in Goonies, Stand By Me, The Lost Boys, and even voicing Donatello in the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. He was a household name, and still is for anyone who loved those movies. His friendship with fellow actor Corey Haim was equally as beloved to movie fans. Feldman wasted no time following up with the sentiment Elijah Wood presented. But unfortunately for Corey Feldman, he very much knew firsthand about abuse in Hollywood.
I won’t recap the entire interview – it’s worth reading and not too long. However, one thing that stuck out to me so much was the fact that he still won’t name names because he doesn’t feel like he can.
Stars like Corey Feldman, who has been very well known on and off the screen for literal decades, many times seem untouchable. They have fame, money, you name it. Yet still, he doesn’t feel comfortable naming names. Keeping that in mind, how can we ever, ever blame someone for waiting a while to come forward? It’s not easy. There are a million reasons why people wait to speak up, and they are apparent for those of us who look around. Threats are made. There is always the fear of not being believed such as we’ve seen over the course of the Bill Cosby case. Somehow, Cosby keeps admitting to little pieces of what he is accused of, yet he still has people declaring his innocence. Not to mention, as Feldman points out, the statute of limitations wouldn’t allow for any kinds of prosecution, and he could, in turn, be sued for slander.
It’s a slow process. And I think it’s important to keep in mind that if there are well-known celebrities who aren’t comfortable speaking up, it’s certainly understandable that the rest of us may have trouble too.
If you’ve experienced sexual violence in any form, we are here for you when you’re ready to speak up. Tell your story anonymously on our site, or check and see if any of our resources are right for you. Take you’re time, and when you’re ready to talk, we’re ready to listen.
Thank you, Corey, for being a much needed voice.