*** FILE *** The HOLLYWOOD sign on the hillside overlooking Hollywood, Ca., is shown in this 1981 file photo. The Screen Actors Guild board of directors on Saturday Feb. 21, 2009 rejected the "last, best and final offer" by Hollywood producers for a new contract. (AP Photo, FILE)

Corey Feldman and the Open Secret Hollywood Doesn’t Want to Talk About

People of my generation remember Corey Feldman as the smart aleck teen in tons of 80s movies. He represented a side that many of us wished we could cultivate – the bold kid who flaunted authority in the most charming of ways, with a wink and a wisecrack.

These days, Feldman is – like so many of us – in the midst of middle age, but he’s thumbing his nose at his elders in a completely different way. The 46-year-old has become a crusader shining light on the rampant pedophilia in Hollywood, a problem he knows about from firsthand experience.

Feldman is raising money to make a film telling the story of the abuse he underwent as a child actor:

The description of the video tells a little more about what Feldman is seeking to accomplish:

His idea was created in response to the tens of thousands of comments he receives urging him to come forward with details about his abusers while growing up as a child in the industry. The plan is simple, donate now, get the answers you seek, while affording him the ability to protect his family, and cover the legal costs while he prepares to take a stand against the sick and twisted power mongers in the world of Entertainment and beyond.

For years, he has faced calls to name names, but he has stated on Twitter that he doesn’t want to just point fingers without a way to protect his family and his reputation.

Feldman is not alone. Although he was merely molested (and that was certainly bad enough), he claims that his friend, the late actor Corey Haim, was raped by a Hollywood figure on a set in the 80s. Feldman believes that Haim’s struggles with drug abuse directly stemmed from that incident.

During his Nightline interview, Feldman said that, “There’s one person to blame in the death of Corey Haim. And that person happens to be a Hollywood mogul. And that person needs to be exposed, but, unfortunately, I can’t be the one to do it,” explaining that he believed Haim’s subsequent struggle with addiction could be traced back to his childhood abuse.

Other actors validate claims like those that Feldman has made. Actor Elijah Wood told The Sunday Times that, although he was protected from abuse, he knew that multiple cases of it went on around him.

“There are a lot of vipers in this industry, people who only have their own interests in mind.”

“There is a darkness in the underbelly – if you can imagine it, it’s probably happened.”

The documentary An Open Secret tells even more horrid tales. Why haven’t more abusers been exposed? Why haven’t Hollywood’s pedophiles paid the price for violating these children? Well, there’s a lot of protection. Here’s an example: when Feldman appeared on The View in 2013 to tell his story, host Barbara Walters shut him down, telling him, “You’re damaging an entire industry.”

The heartbreaking tales Feldman tells, along with the ones in An Open Secret, will hopefully go a long way in getting justice for this heinous epidemic in Hollywood. Good for Feldman for being willing to bring the truth to light. Here’s hoping it will result in putting an end to pedophilia in the entertainment industry.

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