By Xavier James
Elijah Wood, the little Hobbit from the Lord of Rings movies, says that young boys, aspiring actors and others seeking work in Hollywood are being sexually abused by powerful 'vipers' working in the industry. The actor, 35, also told The Sunday Times that the child abuse is 'probably still happening'.
Shocking allegations that big shot Hollywood hustlers have been protecting child abusers have circulated widely in recent years. Multiple industry personnel have been charged and convicted after claims of sex abuse by former child stars. Years ago, The Goonies actor Corey Feldman, 44 - claimed he was 'surrounded' by molesters when he was a teenager.
Anne Henry, co-founder of Bizparentz - a group to help young actors - said that Tinseltown is currently sheltering around '100 active abusers'. Elijah Wood told The Sunday Times that his mother had protected him from abuse when he first arrived in Hollywood when he was eight- years-old. But he said: 'I've been led down dark paths to realize that these things are probably still happening." The actor also said believes that other actors are still in danger.
"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. What upsets me about these situations is that the victims can't speak as loudly as the people in power."
Veteran actor Corey Feldman was one of the first actors to speak out.
"There are a lot of vipers(child loving rapists) in this industry. There is a darkness in the underbelly - if you can imagine it, it's probably happened." Feldman, who was one of the biggest child stars in the 1980s, was sexually abused when he was a young actor. Well known directors, producers, and agents are at the top of the pedophile list. "The number one problem in Hollywood was and is - and always will be - pedophilia," Said Feldman.
Other child actors were reportedly told by adults that it was perfectly normal for older men and younger boys in the industry to have sexual relations.
Feldman told a British paper four years ago: "When I was 14 and 15, things were happening to me. These older men were leaching around me like vultures."
He went on to suffer with alcoholism, mental health problems and became addicted to drugs.
His friend and fellow actor, Corey Haim, died of pnemonia aged 38 in 2010. Feldman claims a 'Hollywood mogul' is to blame for his friend's death. He said abusive pedophiles are still working and are some of the richest and most powerful people in Hollywood.
It was also said that a number of pool parties were held in Los Angeles during the late 1990s - primarily hosted by millionaire businessman Marc Collins-Rector. At these parties, Collins-Rector and other men are said to have sexually assaulted teenage boys, according to lawsuits filed in 2000 and 2014.
Did Will and Jada Smith protect their kids from these predators or turn them over to be sexually abused?
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