Former child star Corey Feldman is claiming that he has information and names of sexual abusers within the Hollywood system, and he’s promising to share them with the world … for a price.
For what it’s worth, Feldman has maintained for years that he suffered sexual assault and harassment in Hollywood as a child star in the 1980s, some of which was detailed in his 2013 memoir Coreyography. In the book, he even made the claim that fellow co-star Corey Haim, now deceased, was raped by someone in the Hollywood system when he was only 11. Outside of the veiled references in his book, Feldman has never named any names, but in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein story and the following wave of sexual harassment revelations across various forms of media and entertainment, he now says he’s prepared to do so.
However, he won’t be doing so immediately … and perhaps problematically, he won’t be doing so for free. On a video posted to Twitter Wednesday, Feldman said he wants to raise $10 million via crowdfunding to make a tell-all movie about his experience, which would also serve to reveal the accused parties.
Since announcing that such a project was coming, Feldman claims in the above video that he’s immediately become the subject of harassment and what sounds more or less like “government conspiracy” territory. Two days ago, he was arrested in Louisiana with members of his band for marijuana possession, and he goes on to claim in a choked-up voice that there was some sort of attempt on his life afterward, a “near death experience” that he describes only as “two trucks came speeding at me on a crosswalk.” Several of his band members have also apparently quit the group, as they’re currently fearing for their lives. Once again, this is all comes directly from Feldman in the video above.
As a result, Feldman is seeking $10 million in order to tell his story, claiming that much of that funding will be put toward “additional security, and a legal team to help represent me so I can fulfill this mission.” If you were wondering, $10 million would represent the largest crowd-funded video project in the history of mankind. But don’t worry—it’s an Indiegogo project rather than a Kickstarter, which means that Feldman will get to keep your funds whether or not he reaches his goal. After one day, he’s around 1% of the way there, with about $100,000 raised so far from almost 2,000 donors. Surprisingly, no one has taken the $1 million “executive producer” donation option yet.
In the video, Feldman goes on to say that he can “bring down a pedophile network I’ve been aware of since I was a child,” and “right away I can name six names, one of them who is still very powerful today, and a story that connects pedophilia to one of the major studios.” Friendly reminder: This will all be happening after you give Corey Feldman $10 million.
To be clear: We don’t doubt Feldman’s claims of abuse as a child actor in the Hollywood system. Such stories have been commonplace for decades, and it’s a shame that so many are only now being taken seriously. Whatever harassment or assaults Feldman experienced in the ‘80s should have resulted in justice many years ago. What we do have an issue with is further delaying the reveal of such information, which Feldman has repeatedly claimed to possess. The truth—which might very well be instrumental in preventing more assaults on children in Hollywood happening right as we speak—should not be contingent upon meeting the goal of the largest crowdfunding campaign of its kind in history. If Feldman’s chief priority is helping others with said documentary, there’s got to be a better, more expedited way to do so than asking the world for $10 million in order to do the morally right thing. For all we know, even if Feldman achieves the $10 million goal, the project will still take years to complete. What he’s going through now is no doubt difficult, but one would think that the most important thing here would be stopping said abuse before it has a chance to happen again.