Actor Corey Feldman has spent many years speaking out about the epidemic of Hollywood’s powerful elite using their influence to sexually abuse young actors trying to make it in show business.
In a clip from a 2013 episode of The View that’s re-emerging in light of the revelations concerning disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s alleged 30-year reign of sexual harassment and abuse, the 1980s child star can be seen telling the hosts what Hollywood is really like for young performers:
The clip begins as a defensive Feldman tells the hosts that, “There are people that were the people that did this to both me and Corey that are still working, they’re still out there, and that are some of the richest most powerful people in this business. And they do not want me saying what I am saying right now.”
What he is saying, or at least trying to explain, to Barbara Walters is that he and his best friend Corey Haim, another famous ’80s child star, were both sexually abused by powerful men in Hollywood. Feldman believes that the abuse was a factor in Haim’s drug addiction and untimely death in 2010.
But Walters didn’t seem to want to hear it. She responds, “Are you saying they are pedophiles and that they are still in this business?” to which Feldman nods and says, “Yes.”
Feldman adds, “They don’t want me here right now. They want me dead.”
Walters huffs that statement off as exaggeration, turning away from Feldman to her co-host and anti-vaxxer Jenny McCarthy.
After Feldman advises parents who want to put their children in show business to not go into it with naivety, Walters, with clear disdain in her voice, cuts him off by saying, “You’re damaging an entire industry!”
To hear more of Feldman’s revelations about what he calls Hollywood’s biggest problem, watch below: