We’re probably all aware of the firestorm that is ripping through Hollywood, currently. For those who may have somehow missed it, however, know that the dam is broke, and the ugly backwash of sexual harassment, abuse, and outright rape is flooding the spotlight-lined streets and red carpet dreams.
It began with the reports of Harvey Weinstein, the high powered movie producer behind such hits as “The English Patient,” “Pulp Fiction,” and “Silver Linings Playbook.”
Weinstein is, apparently, a serial abuser of women, and in particular, has used his position of power to harass, inappropriately touch, and in a growing number of cases, rape young starlets.
What began with Weinstein, however, was only the beginning. Hollywood is going through a purging, and every dark secret, every abusive account, every name is being flushed out into the open.
If it were just adults, it would be horrible and wrong and worthy of every cry of outrage.
But it’s not just adults.
For years, former child actor Corey Feldman has claimed that there was a culture of pedophilia in Hollywood, as well.
Feldman, along with his best friend and frequent co-star, Corey Haim, lit up the screen as teens in movies like, “Dream a Little Dream” and “The Lost Boys.”
Haim, unfortunately, struggled with life after child stardom, with drug addiction and demons that wrecked his life, right up until he was taken from this world in 2010 by complications from pneumonia. He was only 38 years old.
Feldman tells a tale in his book, “Coreyography: A Memoir,” of an ambitious and naïve young Haim, and an incident with another Hollywood big name, that is absolutely heartbreaking.
Charlie Sheen, an equally troubled actor, is now being charged as the adult male who raped a young Corey Haim, years ago, on the set of the movie, “Lucas,” when Haim was only 13 years old.
I’ll say now, the story that is breaking is from the National Enquirer. It’s not a source I would normally turn to for truth, but the story they tell is similar to the story Feldman has already told, with the difference being, they give the name. Feldman did not.
Feldman even recently alluded to the story coming out in the Enquirer, suggesting that it was, in fact, the story he’d told of in his book.
From his book, Feldman tells this tale:
‘At some point during the filming [of ‘Lucas,’ Haim] explained an adult male convinced him it was perfectly normal for older men and younger boys in the business to have sexual relations, that it was ”what all guys do,” Feldman wrote.
‘So they walked off to a secluded area between two trailers during a lunch break for the cast and crew,’ continued Feldman,’ and Haim, innocent and ambitious as he was, allowed himself to be sodomized.’ Feldman never named Sheen as the man in the incident.
The story is also backed up by another former child actor who was close to Haim.
Former actor Dominick Brascia claims Haim disclosed to him what happened between him and Sheen. Brascia went on the record about what he says Haim told him before he died in 2010 at 38-years-old.
‘Haim told me he had sex with Sheen when they filmed ‘Lucas,’ Brascia told the Enquirer. ‘He told me they smoked pot and had sex. He said they had anal sex. Haim said after it happened Sheen became very cold and rejected him. When Corey wanted to fool around again, Charlie was not interested.’
He was 13. Sheen was 19 years old. And it was too much for him to handle.
The Enquirer apparently did their homework. They followed up with dozens of witnesses, all who knew of the incident between Sheen and Haim, because Haim had confided in them, as well.
He was looking for some kind of anchor, somebody to clear up that chaotic, confusing time in his life. He was looking for help. His childhood and his innocence had been stripped from him by a predator.
He was looking for something he apparently never found.
Another insider alleges that ‘Corey was so confused by the sexual encounter he believed, like so many victims, he was ‘in love’ with his abuser,’ adding that the actor bullied the young teen actor into a vulnerable position for sex.
Brascia added that Haim told him he later had consensual sex with the ‘Wall Street’ star while in his mid-to-late 20s. ‘Haim told me he had sex with Sheen again,’ Brascia said, adding ‘He claimed he didn’t like it and was finally over Sheen. He said Charlie was a loser.’
Charlie Sheen has had his own problems through the years. Several failed marriages, legal troubles, and drug-induced, destructive behavior that eventually ended his time on a hit TV show, “Two and a Half Men,” and culminated in an HIV diagnosis in 2011. He denies that he raped Haim.
So what twisted Sheen?
We may never know, but I’m of the belief that nobody begins as a predator. Something, somewhere goes wrong and a part of their spirit grows dark.
The irony is that Hollywood is quick to tell the rest of us how to live, but underneath the surface of their $500 hairstyles, perfect makeup, and all the bright lights is something far nastier, more corrupt than all those they feel so comfortable haranguing.
Corey Haim is just one, tragic example of how even children in Hollywood are not safe from this dangerous, debauched culture. You have to know there are more, and as Feldman has been trying to signal to the world, there really are.
For the rest of us, it’s time to stop looking to Hollywood and pop culture to be the arbiters of our conscience. They’ve got a lot of cleaning up to do around their own backdoors.