Elijah Wood Clarifies Those Hollywood Paedophile Ring Claims

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Elijah Wood has clarified his claim that a Jimmy Savile style paedophile ring preyed upon young boys in Hollywood, saying he has ‘no first hand experience’ of the predators.

Over the weekend, The Lord of the Rings star told the Sunday Times that his mother had protected him from predators by stopping him from going partying, but he revealed many of his peers were regularly ‘preyed upon’.

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Wood claimed there was a dark underbelly in Hollywood, saying: 

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 darkness in the underbelly. If you can imagine it, it’s probably happened.

Now, however, the actor has said that his knowledge of the ‘Hollywood paedophilia ring’ come only from news reports and the 2015 documentary, An Open Secret, which looked at the dark subject, The Guardian reports.


He tweeted the following lengthy explanation:

I had just seen a powerful documentary and I briefly spoke with the reporter about the subject which had consequences I did not intend or expect. Lesson learned.

Let me be clear: This subject of child abuse is an important one that should be discussed and properly investigated.

But as I made absolutely clear to the writer, I have no first hand experience or observation of the topic, so I cannot speak with any authority beyond articles I have read and films I have seen.

For anyone interested in the allegations of a Hollywood paedophile ring, check out An Open Secret, which makes a number of claims about high profile directors.