A tabloid is reporting that one of Hollywood's most recognizable faces is a child rapist and will soon be outed. Shocking? Yes. Surprising? Hardly. Because former child stars have been talking about this for years.
It was a horrifying moment in one of TV's most oddly compelling reality shows when, on The Two Coreys, Corey Haim broke down revealing he was raped as a kid. After Haim's 2010 death, Corey Feldman elaborated that his friend was raped by a Hollywood bigwig at just 11 years old.
Feldman has been discussing the sick environment of Hollywood child sexual abuse for years, even detailing the abuse both he and Haim suffered in his memoir, Coreyography. Most recently, last spring he told The Hollywood Reporter about parties for preteen actors where predators groom their next victims, and said that he and Haim had attended many. And he's not the only one speaking out.
Elijah Wood said he was protected from such predators because his mother would not allow him to attend the parties, and although he later denied firsthand knowledge of rampant sex abuse in the industry, he gave some very telling quotes to the Sunday Times.
"Clearly something major was going on in Hollywood. It was all organized. There are a lot of vipers in this industry, people who only have their own interests in mind," he said.
"There is darkness in the underbelly. If you can imagine it, it's probably happened."
Even Alison Arngrim, who played Nellie Oleson on Little House on the Prairie, said the abuse was an open secret in Hollywood.
"I literally heard that they were 'passed around,'" she told Fox News in 2011. "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."
Feldman himself said that Haim was raped by someone who is still a huge name in Hollywood, and that his own abusers are still working in the industry — but he is too afraid to name names because of what he calls a very real chance of retribution, legal or otherwise.
"I believe that Haim's rapist was probably connected to something bigger and that is probably how he has remained protected for all these years," Feldman said in the 2016 THR interview. "This person uses intimidation and threats as a way to keep people quiet. And all these men were all friends. Ask anybody in our group of kids at that time: They were passing us back and forth to each other.
"I would love to name names. I'd love to be the first to do it," he continued. "But unfortunately California — conveniently enough — has a statute of limitations that prevents that from happening.
"If I were to go and mention anybody's name, I would be the one that would be in legal problems and I'm the one that would be sued."
But now someone might finally be stepping up to the plate to name and shame the alleged abuser. RadarOnline says they've been investigating for four years and have the name of the predator: an A-list star who is the "kingpin of a child sex ring."
And while they are not revealing the name — probably due to that same threat of lawsuit Feldman fears — they say one of Haim's closest confidantes is preparing to tell all, and has been offered a primetime TV special to do so.
"Corey was afraid Hollywood would ostracize him. He was a big star but this man was bigger. He said, ‘No one would ever believe me!‘" a source told Radar.
"It was ugly. To me, Corey was this innocent little Toronto kid. But these men chewed him up and spat him out.
"By exposing the sick and twisted double lives of Haim's abuser and the likes of Bill Cosby, the veil of secrecy that has protected these creeps will be shattered," added the insider. "Their enablers will be exposed. The truth must be told."
It would be easy to dismiss the story as a tall tale simply because of the publication, The National Enquirer and its online partner RadarOnline. But keep in mind that the Enquirer is who broke the story on John Edwards' secret love child and forced Charlie Sheen into revealing his HIV status because they were about to do it for him. They claim to have completed a four-year investigation into the matter and that their intel is credible. And after the story Feldman has stuck to for all these years, we really, really hope so.
Haim — and the countless others who have been victimized — may finally see justice of some sort, and maybe he can finally rest in peace.
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