Star of Hobbit films Elijah Wood says Tinseltown is masking a child sex epidemic.

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  1. Hollywood's Savile scandal: Star of Hobbit films Elijah Wood says Tinseltown is masking a child sex epidemic in its 'seedy' underbelly full of predatory 'vipers'

    • Elijah Wood, 35, claims young actors are being abused in Hollywood
    • He compares it to the infamous Jimmy Savile scandal in Britain
    • Tinseltown is allegedly sheltering around '100 active abusers'

    Elijah Wood, 35, claims young actors are being abused in Hollywood
    He compares it to the infamous Jimmy Savile scandal in Britain
    Tinseltown is allegedly sheltering around '100 active abusers'

    Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood claims that Hollywood has its own Jimmy Savile scandal and believes young actors are being sexually abused by predatory 'vipers' in the industry.
    The Hobbit actor, 35, told The Sunday Times that the child abuse is 'probably still happening'.

    Shocking allegations that top Hollywood figures have been protecting child abusers have circulated widely in recent years.

    Several industry figures have been convicted following claims of sex abuse and former child actors - including 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'.

    Wood, who stars in his new film The Trust, sympathised with Savile's victims and said it much have been 'devastating'.

    He told The Sunday Times that his mother had protected him from abuse when he first arrived in Hollywood aged eight.

    But he said: 'I've been led down dark paths to realise that these things are probably still happening.'

    The actor, who played Frodo Baggins in Lord of the Rings, believes that other actors remain in danger.

    He added: '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.'

    Henry believes that around three quarters of child actors that 'went off the rails' later in their life had been abused in Hollywood.


    She said: 'This problem has been endemic in Hollywood for a long time and it's finally coming to light.

    'Very bad people are still working here, protected by their friends.'

    In the last 10 years, several wealthy and significant people involved in the industry have been convicted.

    Some have left prison and returned to Hollywood and continued to work with children.

    Wood, who now knows he was lucky to avoid being abused, compared the allegations in Hollywood to the claims linked to Savile following his death in October 2011.

    Wood said: 'You all grew up with Savile - Jesus, it must have been devastating. Clearly something major was going on in Hollywood. It was all organised.

    'There are a lot of vipers in this industry. There is a darkness in the underbelly - if you can imagine it, it's probably happened.'

    Wood compared the allegations in Hollywood to the claims linked to Savile (pictured) following his death in October 2011
    Wood compared the allegations in Hollywood to the claims linked to Savile (pictured) following his death in October 2011.

    Feldman, who was one of the biggest child stars in the 1980s, was abused when he was a young actor.

    He said: 'The No 1 problem in Hollywood was and is - and always will be - paedophilia.'
    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 tabloid four years ago: 'When I was 14 and 15, things were happening to me. These older men were leching around me like vultures.'

    He went on to suffer with alcoholism, mental health problems and became addicted to drugs.

    His friend, Corey Haim, another child actor, died of pnemonia aged 38 in 2010. Feldman claims a 'Hollywood mogul' is to blame for his friend's death.

    He said abusers are still working and are some of the richest and most powerful people in the business.

    It was also claimed 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.

    Source: DailyMail
  2. Everyone brushes it under the rug
  3. To no surprise
  4. Right
  5. Yup!
  6. I'm glad he is brave enough to speak out. Hopefully his career won't suffer.
  7. +1
  8. Amy Berg's 2015 documentary about pedophilia in Hollywood was killed by lack of distributers (as I recall). I haven't seen the film and don't know how accurate or rigorous the research is but the fact that a respected filmmaker (one of her previous film is Deliver us from Evil... I highly recommend) had so many problems with distribution is odd.
  9. I'm not surprised in the slightest
  10. None of this is surprising.
  11. I was wondering about this documentary. I have been wanting to see it badly but has not shown up anywhere. I bet it has a LOT of truth and bombshells in it and that is why it was killed for more distribution. How sad. I will check out the Deliver us from Evil (if I can find it).

    I am happy when actors speak out about this stuff, I just wish they would start saying names...But I get why they don't.
  12. There are no consequences in Hwood. Except if you tell.
    Children are abused and in return they get to become "stars."
  13. The people in Hollywood protect their own. While they all love to make movies exposing atrocities in other businesses and industries, they are hypocrites when it comes to what is happening among them. When you look at it that way it's really not odd at all that distribution of the Amy Berg film was shut down.
  14. They're even eager to expose the very same atrocities they commit, as long as it's by someone else. Such as priests.
  15. Not so quick.

    Elijah Wood Clarifies Comments on Hollywood Pedophilia

    The actor Elijah Wood clarified his remarks on Monday after suggesting in an interview with a London newspaper that sexual abuse of child stars was more widespread in Hollywood than had been reported.

    After the interview with The Sunday Times drew international headlines and questions, Mr. Wood put out a statement emphasizing that his comments weren’t based on personal experience.

    “Let me be clear: This subject of child abuse is an important one that should be discussed and properly investigated,” Mr. Wood said. “But as I made absolutely clear to the writer, I have no firsthand experience or observation of the topic, so I cannot speak with any authority beyond articles I have read and films I have seen.”

    Nevertheless, his words brought renewed attention to the general plight of child actors, who do not always make the jump to adult stardom, as Mr. Wood did. He began his acting career at 8 and had a small part in “Back to the Future II.” He also appeared in films like “Flipper,” “The Good Son” and “The Ice Storm,” before his starring role as the hobbit Frodo in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

    But other child stars often reappear in the public consciousness only when they have run into legal trouble, die young or appear on nostalgic where-are-they-now lists.

    Mr. Wood, 35, said he gave The Sunday Times interview to promote a movie, “The Trust,” but the topic strayed to child stars and pedophilia. “Clearly something major was going on in Hollywood,” he told the interviewer, though he said he was not targeted nor did he name others he thought were involved.

    “It was all organized,” he was quoted as saying. “There are a lot of vipers in this industry, people who only have their own interests in mind. There is darkness in the underbelly.”

    “What bums me about these situations is that the victims can’t speak as loudly as the people in power,” Mr. Wood continued. “That’s the tragedy of attempting to reveal what is happening to innocent people: They can be squashed, but their lives have been irreparably damaged.”

    On Monday he declined a request from The Times for an interview, but put out the followup statement. He said he had based his comments on a documentary he had seen, “An Open Secret,” in which young men described sexual assault by older men in Hollywood.

    Mr. Wood is not the only actor to suggest that abuse of child actors is underreported: Corey Feldman, who worked in children’s films in the 1980s, said in 2011 that pedophilia was “the No. 1 problem in Hollywood,” calling it “the big secret.”

    There have been some high-profile legal cases, including that of Martin Weiss, a manager who specialized in representing young actors and pleaded no contest to two counts of child molestation in 2012.

    “Probably every child actor has brushed shoulders with a pedophile in the industry,” said Anne Henry, the co-founder of BizParentz, a resource for the parents of child actors.

    Ms. Henry said she did not believe there were more pedophiles in entertainment than in other industries, but said that the children have more contact with adults than they would otherwise, leaving them vulnerable to predators. Actors and their financially dependent parents are often reluctant to report abuse or go public, she said.

    “How would you stand up against an abuser in the industry who probably has a lot more money than you do, and power in the media?” she said.

    In California, a law aimed at protecting child actors requires professionals who work with them to undergo background checks and to be fingerprinted, and a parent must be present on set.

    In the interview, Mr. Wood credited his mother with keeping him safe.

    “She was far more concerned with raising me to be a good human than facilitating my career,” he said. “I never went to parties where that kind of thing was going on. This bizarre industry presents so many paths of temptation. If you don’t have some kind of foundation, typically from family, then it will be difficult to deal with.”