Goonies star Corey Feldman has launched a huge campaign that plans to expose those in the Hollywood paedophile ring, and claims it has almost cost him his life already.
The recent series of allegations of sexual assault and harassment made against producer Harvey Weinstein has shone light on some of Hollywood’s dark secrets.
Long before this tidal wave former child star Feldman had been sounding the alarm about sexual abuse in Hollywood, and now he is saying that he is ready to name names.
In his 2013 memoir Coreyography, The Lost Boys actor wrote about how he and his friend and co-star Corey Haim were allegedly sexually assaulted by men in the industry when there were the biggest child stars of the 1980s.
According to his account, Haim was raped when he was 11-years-old.
Until now Feldman has never revealed the names of the men responsible but now he says he is ready to come forward even though it has already brought a near-death experience.
Since the allegations against Weinstein were made, the actor turned musician has been under much pressure on social media as people have pleaded with him to expose the guilty parties.
Last Friday October 20 Feldman tweeted that he wouldn’t be disclosing names:
4 THE RECORD: I WILL NOT B GOING ON A TALK SHOW 2 DISCLOSE NAMES OF MY ABUSER OR ANY1 ELSES ABUSERS. SO PLEASE STOP ASKING ME 2 DO SO.
— Corey Feldman (@Corey_Feldman) October 20, 2017
CHARGED DUE 2 HAVING LEGAL MEDICINES WITHOUT THEIR PARTICULAR BOTTLES. NO ILLEGAL OR STREET DRUGS WERE FOUND ON THE BUS AT ALL! WHICH IS Y
— Corey Feldman (@Corey_Feldman) October 22, 2017
Responding to the continued pleas of fans, Feldman posted an emotional video on Twitter yesterday in which he described how his life has changed since speaking out which has him fearing for his life, and announced a plan to make a crowdfunded film to expose child abuse in the entertainment industry.
In the video he described the emotional tumult he has gone through since making the announcement saying:
My life has turned into utter chaos, it’s pretty ripped up because of the devastation I have been through.
I have experienced things like never before. I have been silenced my whole life and just over the past few days since I made the announcement I have been arrested; I had a near-death experience last night where I felt like I was going to be killed.
Two trucks came speeding at me at the same time on the crosswalk and then several of my band members decided to quit because they are afraid for their lives.
I’m very alone but I need to protect myself and my family.
‘What I am proposing is a plan that can literally change the entertainment system,’ Feldman stated 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 is still very powerful today, and a story that links all the way up to a studio.
I’m very afraid to do this, it’s not easy, I have been living in fear my entire life as most victims have.
I know there are thousands others who have experienced what I have experienced in the entertainment industry.
I also know that there are peers of mine who know exactly what I am talking about but have been afraid to come out with their own truth.
I am using this to draw a line in the sand, to say to the Hollywood community we are better than this. We can be united and create a front.
IN CASE U MISSED IT, THE WAR HAS BEGUN, IF U FOLLOW ME, HELP ME: https://t.co/wU3kV0uddi
— Corey Feldman (@Corey_Feldman) October 25, 2017
Feldman plans to make the film himself ‘that will be the most honest and true depiction of child abuse ever portrayed’ with ‘no editing, no censorship and no studio behind it’.
He is now calling on people to donate money to his Indiegogo campaign that plans to raise $10 million which will cover the cost of the film production, self-distribution and the security and legal team Feldman requires to protect himself and his family.
I’m begging you to join me and let our voices be heard.
Once it is done I believe we can root out the evil and make it safe for our kids again. The time is now. Justice will be served.
In just one day the actor has raised over $100,000 and although there is a long way to go, he is determined to ‘fulfil the mission’.
To find out more about Feldman’s campaign, visit his campaign page.
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.