The ‘darkness in the underbelly’ of Hollywood may have been unearthed after former child actor, Elijah Wood, claimed there is a child sex scandal going on similar to that of the Jimmy Savile paedophilia revelations which emerged in 2012.
The Lord of the Rings star argued that paedophiles in the industry had been protected for years by incredibly powerful figures, adding that child abuse in Hollywood was probably still taking place.
Speaking with the Sunday Times, Wood said that while he was able to avoid the abuse, tonnes of other child actors were ‘preyed upon’ on a regular basis.
Clearly something major was going on in Hollywood. It was all organised. 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.
He added that the abuse was covered up for so long because victims ‘can’t speak as loudly as people in power’.
Expanding on the claim, Elijah added:
That’s the tragedy of attempting to reveal what is happening to innocent people. They can be squashed but their lives have been irreparably damaged.
But it isn’t just Elijah making the claims – Anne Henry, co-founder of Bizparents, a group set up to help child actors in need, said that Hollywood is currently protecting over 100 active abusers and said that a ‘tsunami’ of claims was in the early stages, The Telegraph reports.
Just one example of the abused can be found in the harrowing tale of loveable child actor Corey Feldman, who shot to fame after appearances in Stand By Me, Gremlins, and The Goonies.
Corey said that back when he was a young teenager he was ‘surrounded’ by paedophiles and that older men had been ‘leeching around like vultures’.
The actor then went on to suffer from severe mental health problems, alcoholism and drug addiction.
It’s a horrific revelation and I wouldn’t be surprised if we hear a lot more about the alleged child abuse cover up in Hollywood in the years to come.