Editor’s note: This piece was originally published Sep 20, 2016.
In more terrible tabloid fare today, one of Corey Haim’s (The Lost Boys, Dream a Little Dream, The Two Coreys) friends is alleged to have given Radar the name of Haim’s infamous abuser. The abuser, long rumored to be a big-name Hollywood actor is — according to Haim’s friend, Corey Feldman — at least in part responsible for Haim’s drug problems and subsequent death. Statute of limitations aside, even if the abuser is outed and there is no way to prosecute him criminally, exposing him — and the child sex ring both Coreys and Elijah Wood have discussed — would be a huge thing. We don’t want any more Bill Cosbys, but they unfortunately exist, and outing the industry’s disgusting underbelly is a necessary ugliness we must face. The kids who’ve suffered through predators’ attacks might never see real justice, but I can only imagine the relief it would bring would be immeasurable.
In Radar’s piece, they say a few things about the pedophile ring’s “Kingpin”:
- He’s an A-list star (presumably the word “star” means actor), one of the most recognizable faces in the industry.
- He has children; he’s a “family man”.
- He has never come out as gay.
Going back through previous information revealed by Haim, who said he was 14 (1985) at the time he was abused by a 42-year-old, unidentified man; that man would now be 73 years old (if the age given was accurate) and have been born around 1943. Given those parameters, and I’m not trying to make any suggestions here, it’s not difficult to comb through IMDb and find recognizable actors who were or are A-listers with children, but it is terrifying. The names at the top of these lists (by recognizability/”star” factor) are names we’ve loved. We can’t stand the thought of any beloved actor turning out to have been an abuser, never mind the ringleader of a secret group that preys on children. That said, this experience was torturous for Corey Haim, and still is for others who have lived with this all their lives. We don’t know who is still in danger; these “parties” are purportedly still ongoing. Every second that this person continues to go unidentified is a second too long.
It is important to note: these are only lists of people approximately the right age, nothing more. Some of them have no children (Walken, thank the gods), some are deceased (Hermann, *sob*), and some do not fit the clues Radar listed.
Actors who were exactly 42 in 1985: Born 1943, age 73 now
Actors who were 41 in 1985: Born 1944, age 72 now
Actors who were 43 in 1985: Born in 1942, age 74 now
October 26, 2017 Update: In the wake of the explosive Weinstein, Toback and other Hollywood sexual misconduct revelations, Corey Feldman appears ready to go public with what is said to be the industry’s other open secret — a pedophilia ring the actor’s been aware of since he was a child. Feldman has made a public plea for support of making a film, what he calls his “Truth Campaign”. ”
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 … I’m not alone. I know that there’s thousands of other who’ve experienced what I’ve experienced in the entertainment industry. I also know that there’s peers of mine who know exactly what I’m talking about, and know all the details, but have been afraid to come forward with their own truths. I am using this to draw a line in the sand, to say to the Hollywood community, we are better than this. I know that we can stand together as one. We can be united in it, and we can create an affront.”
Additionally, Amy Berg’s An Open Secret — about pedophilia in the industry — has been made available on Vimeo. The documentary (which has yet to find digital distribution) details testimony on abuse by multiple child actors, including Feldman:
We haven’t got any offers from major distributors yet because Hollywood doesn’t want to expose its dirty laundry, so we’ve been sitting on this for a while. Now, we want to celebrate the brave women who have exposed Harvey. Harvey Weinstein, by the way, is not the only one who has used confidentiality settlements. That’s why more of Hollywood’s behavior hasn’t been exposed. This is the tip of the iceberg.” (producer Gabe Hoffman)
November 3, 2017, Update:
Feldman has publicly named one of his abusers as former actor John Grissom (License to Drive, Dream a Little Dream). In a clip from his upcoming appearance on Dr. Oz, Corey Feldman said that, when he worked with Grissom in the 1980s, the actor sexually molested Feldman. The Los Angeles police department had “been made aware” of the assault, though they required Feldman to appear in person to make an official report. Oz also says that Feldman gave him additional names. THR also reports that, in 2003, Grissom was convicted of child molestation for an incident that occurred in 2001, and is currently in violation of Megan’s law, which requires his registration as a convicted sex offender. Here’s a preview of Feldman’s appearance on the Dr. Oz show:
Feldman also appeared on Today and, during the interview with Megyn Kelly, named talent manager (another convicted sex offender) Marty Weiss as another one of his abusers.
November 8, 2017 Update:
As is being reported by multiple outlets, Charlie Sheen has been named by (among others) former actor and Haim’s friend, Dominick Brascia, as Corey Haim’s rapist. As oft-alluded by Corey Feldman, Sheen (then 19) starred with Haim in the 1986 film, Lucas; Haim was only 15 when the movie was released, perhaps as young as 13 at the time of the assault.
Haim told me he had sex with Sheen when they filmed Lucas. He told me they smoked pot and had sex. He said they had anal sex. Haim said after it happened, Sheen became very cold and rejected him. When Corey wanted to fool around again, Charlie was not interested … Haim told me he had sex with Sheen again. He claimed he didn’t like it and was finally over Sheen. He said Charlie was a loser.”
Brascia (who was once also accused of being Haim’s attacker) alleges that Sheen sodomized Haim more than once, and that at one time, Haim believed he was in love with Sheen, only to be rejected by the older actor. The National Enquirer, which has been investigating the claims by Corey Feldman and others, has reportedly corroborated Brascia’s story with “dozens” of other sources, and the tabloid also reports that according to eight witnesses on the set of Lucas, Sheen also sexually assaulted other young actors and extras, including females.
As of this evening, via THR comes word from his representatives that Sheen “categorically denies” the allegations against him.
Additionally, the Los Angeles police have now confirmed they’ve opened an investigation into Corey Feldman’s accusations about a Hollywood pedophilia ring, which reportedly involves an older A-list actor.