Movie star Elijah Wood says there is "a darkness in the underbelly" of Hollywood that involves a ring of pedophiles who "prey" on child actors.
Wood, most famous for his role as Frodo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, started his career as a successful child actor in such films as Radio Flyer and Forever Young, so his insight into the reported rampant pedophilia amongst Hollywood's movers and shakers carries considerable weight.
Wood told The Sunday Times, he was lucky because his mother protected him immensely, but that many other child actors are continually "preyed upon" at parties by powerful industry figures adding that, "I've been led down dark paths to realize that these things are probably still happening."
"You all grew up with Savile – Jesus, it must have been devastating," he said. "Clearly something major was going on in Hollywood. It was all organized. 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."
The Savile Wood is referring to is Jimmy Savile, a the longtime BBC television personality who abused over seventy women, girls, and boys during his career, including some as young as 10 years old.
According to TheTelegraph, Wood said the abuse continues because those being preyed upon "can’t speak as loudly as people in power."
"That’s the tragedy of attempting to reveal what is happening to innocent people," he said. "They can be squashed but their lives have been irreparably damaged."
Woods added that, "If you’re innocent you have very little knowledge of the world and you want to succeed. People with parasitic interests will see you as their prey."
Corey Feldman, who made his name as a child star in such blockbusters as The Goonies, Stand By Me, and The Lost Boys, said publicly that, "The No 1 problem in Hollywood was and is - and always will be - pedophilia."
Feldman blames an unnamed Hollywood mogul for the drug overdose death of his best friend and child actor co-star Corey Haim, who he says was sexually abused as a kid. Click below for Feldman shocking Barbara Walters and the other hosts of "The View" with his chilling allegations...