Corey Feldman seeks to raise $10m for a documentary that will provide a true depiction of child abuse in film industry
Corey Feldman the stand by me star has announced a truth campaign to expose an alleged network of paedophiles working in Hollywood.
In a video posted to Twitter, the actor-turned-musician said that he was seeking to raise $10m (7.6m) to fund the project, which will include a documentary providing an honest and true depiction of child abuse in the film industry.
What I am proposing is a plan that can literally change the entertainment system as we know it, Feldman said in the video. I believe that I can also bring down, potentially, a paedophile ring that I have been aware of since I was a child. Right off the bat, I can name six names, one of them who is still very powerful today. And a story that links all the way up to a studio. It connects pedophilia to one of the major studios.
Feldman, who is best known for his appearances in 1980s films such as Stand By Me and The Lost Boys, has long claimed that a culture of abuse exists in Hollywood and that many in the industry are aware of it. In 2013, the actor told the Hollywood Reporter that he and fellow Lost Boys star Corey Haim were sexually assaulted as children by men working in Hollywood, though he has never referred to the abusers by name. According to Feldman, Haim who struggled with addiction as an adult and died of pneumonia in 2010 was raped at the age of 11 by one of the men.
At the time of writing, the Truth Campaign has received more than $90,000 in donations on the fundraising website Indiegogo. Feldman, who will direct, produce and distribute the documentary, said that, as well as financing the film, the money raised would help me buy the security and the legal team that I need to help my family until the project is released.
Feldmans video announcement comes a week after he first tweeted that he had a plan to bring down the alleged network of paedophiles. The actor said that since that announcement his life has turned to chaos. On 21 October, Feldman and his band, Corey Feldman and the Angels, were fined by police in Louisiana after marijuana was discovered during a search of their tour bus, the timing of which the actor questioned. After the incident, Feldman claims he was involved in a near-death experience involving two trucks. Several of my band members decided to quit because theyre afraid for their lives, Feldman said.
Rumours of organised sexual abuse of children in Hollywood have intensified in recent years, following the release of the 2014 documentary An Open Secret, which alleged widespread collusion over molestation in the film industry. In 2016 Elijah Wood, who began his career aged eight, said that many of his child-actor peers had been preyed upon by vipers in the industry.
Feldmans allegations come at a time when Hollywood is contending with the growing abuse scandal surrounding Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual assault or harassment by more than 50 women. Weinstein, who is being investigated by law enforcement in New York, Los Angeles and London, denies all claims of non-consensual sex made against him.