As a child actor, Corey Feldman spent years in the spotlight, but behind the scenes he was harboring a deeply personal secret: He’d been molested. While he’s since spoken out about his own experience, he’s only been able to publicly name one person — talent manager Marty Weiss — because of California’s laws.
During an interview with Megyn Kelly on NBC’s “Megyn Kelly Today,” Feldman explained that the statute of limitations is only 10 years in California. So, if you’re molested at 12 or 13 you’re not very far into adulthood when it’s too late legally to come forward.
“How many people by 22, 23 are self-aware enough to know that they can come forward and they won’t be scolded, they won’t be shamed?” he rhetorically asked and added that when he told the truth, he was shamed.
One example he recently shared was when he opened up about the truth behind Hollywood’s pedophiles on an episode of “The View” and then co-host Barbara Walters accused him of “damaging an entire industry.”
Now, he’s hoping to expose the five other people he knows are hiding in plain sight in Hollywood in the form of a feature film, which he claimed to need $10 million to create.
“It will be a very true story,” he revealed. “We will have every name — everybody that affected my life, I’m going to give the perspective that I can give, what I viewed, what I experienced, from a firsthand account.”
Kelly pushed back that if these are people, who are able to hurt boys in similar ways they hurt Feldman, he shouldn’t need $10 million to expose them and should do so because it could save others.
He explained that if the law protected him, he would expose the others “in a second,” but wondered how, without money for representation, he could defend himself against a legal team and the invariable attacks on his reputation.
Feldman added that while lawyers such as Gloria Allred have offered to do pro bono work for other victims of sexual assault, no one has offered to represent him and for more than a decade he’s received very little support by his colleagues, the police, or journalists.
“I’ve told these names to the police, I’ve told the names to investigative reporters. Nobody’s ever put it out there. They cover it up, they protect it,” Feldman said.
He claimed that “thousands” of kids he grew up with “saw the same things” he saw, yet, no one has said a word in his defense and there is no hashtag to provide him with encouragement.
“I see nobody in Hollywood, not one person since I started this campaign has stood up and said, ‘I was there. I saw it. I know that he’s telling the truth,’” he told Kelly.
In 1993, when police came to question him about Michael Jackson, he explained to Kelly that he gave names right then and there but was told it wasn’t in the police officer’s “jurisdiction,” so nothing was done.
While following up with the proper jurisdiction seems like the logical next step, Feldman explained that he was an adult but still fairly young and after police dismissed his claim as “if it didn’t matter,” it’s not easy to continue to pursue legal consequences.
Now, if he speaks out, he can be slapped with a defamation lawsuit. Kelly noted that “truth” is a defense against defamation, although she noted that a person runs the risk of not being believed.
When pushed to give the other names, Feldman reiterated that he can’t do that “until I have legal protection.”