In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, several celebrities have come forward to accuse powerful men in Hollywood of sexual assault. While mostly women have spoken out to expose their male abusers, a number of men have come forward as well. This shows that women were not the only victims of this predatory behavior and men should feel just as empowered to come out and name their abusers.
Most recently, Kevin Spacey was accused and is under current investigation for his inappropriate sexual behavior towards several males during his career. Actor Anthony Rapp and Richard Dreyfuss’ son, Harry, were among the men who accused Spacey of sexual assault. We are now living in a climate where we no longer tolerate men in positions of authority abusing their power.
Corey Feldman was a huge child star in the ‘80s, acting in films like The Goonies and Stand By Me. He was a promising young star. However, like many child actors before him, Feldman had a troubled past. He struggled with drug abuse, which he said started when he was being abused by an older man.
Corey Feldman recently appeared on Dr. Oz where he accused actor John Grissom of sexual assault. Grissom appeared in the film License to Drive and Dream a Little Dream. Feldman previously talked about the abuse he endured at the hands of Grissom in his book 2014 Coreyography. He used the pseudonym Ron Crimson for Grissom in the book.
“I had taken some pills, some concoction that Ron had made up … Ron came over and sat down next to me, a triple-X magazine in his hands … Ron started touching me, reaching across my thigh to the crotch of my pants … When I woke up, he was on me, touching me, tugging on the zipper of my pants. I realized it was happening again,” Feldman wrote in his book.
He went on to say that his drug problem got out of control because Grissom kept forcing drugs on him. “Under Ron’s tutelage, my drug use has progressed quickly. I’m doing coke constantly, with Ron … Ron is pushing me to try crack … I wake up. Ron is at me, tugging on my pants.”
Feldman also alleged that his close friend and fellow child star Corey Haim, also was a victim of abuse. Feldman claimed that Haim was the victim of a massive secret Hollywood pedophile ring. Corey Haim passed away in 2010 at the age of 38.
Corey has now launched a “Truth Campaign,” where he vows to expose the men behind this ring. He has also launched a GoFundMe page to turn his book, Coreyography, into a documentary film. He’s looking for $2.5 million to fund the film, and to hire security, as he believes that his life is in danger for exposing these men. Feldman says that part of the proceeds will go to the L.A. Rape Foundation. He also started the hashtag #IStandWithCorey.
After Feldman exposed his abusers, lots of celebrities came out to support him. One of those actors was Feldman’s co-star, Keith Coogan. Coogan acted in films like Adventures in Babysitting and Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead. Coogan took to twitter to show his support: “So proud of @Corey_Feldman and his courage in facing his abusers. No child should be forced to deal with that, ever! #ISTANDWITHCOREY,” Coogan tweeted.
Coogan also released a statement supporting Feldman’s claims of sexual abuse in Hollywood. “I can attest to inappropriate parties and sleepovers with grown men and young kids, mostly boys, with no parents in sight,” he wrote. “Unseemly agents, managers, and publicists that I was lucky enough to be warned to stay away from. I was six or seven when I remember my mom saying, ‘stay away from him’ on a series I worked on. Had to see this certain person every day while at work … I even kicked him in the balls the moment he came up to talk to me … like the women coming forward now, the fact that there were men that abused underage boys was an open secret.”
Several more ‘80s era actors came out to stand with Corey and showed their support on Twitter. Feldman’s Lost Boys co-star Jamison Newlander, who played Alan Frog, tweeted, “I’m coming out of a relative news blackout. I’ve been dipping my toe back in the water and I saw that he’s speaking out,” Newlander Tweeted. Feldman replied, “Thank U my brother frog! I may need your voice louder! We will chat.”
Sean Astin, Stranger Things 2 star and Feldman’s The Goonies co-star, also tweeted in support of Feldman. “I’m really happy to see @Dr.OZ helping my dear friend @Corey_Feldman pursue justice with the authorities. I admire his effort 2 help others,” Astin wrote.
Alyssa Milano has been a huge supporter of the #MeToo movement, however, she received a lot of backlash following Feldman’s remarks about Corey Haim’s abusers. Corey Haim was Milano’s boyfriend back in the ‘80s. She said she wasn’t aware of any sexual abuse. She got lots of tweets attacking her for covering up the abuse, or turning a blind eye. Rose McGowan even jumped on Milano. “Come on. Step out of the system,” McGowan wrote to Milano. “I think we all need to do some reverse memory forensice. Details count, little things count. They all add up.”
Following the backlash, Milano had this to say to Feldman: “I’m sorry anyone hurt you. It kills me. Maybe in my attempt to protect myself I was blind to what was happening to you,” she said. Feldman reached out to the public and asked them to stop attacking Milano. He tweeted, “Good people, please stop bashing my old friend Alyssa Milano. Yes [Corey Haim] and her dated and yes she came to the soda pop parties and yes we were friends, however she was a very young girl at the time. She may not have known what [Corey Haim] and I endured. However, she has been an advocate.”
The soda pop parties he is referring to Alphy’s Soda Pop, a club that existed in the ‘80s and owned by Alphy Hoffman. Feldman also accused Hoffman of abusing Haim and himself. Feldman also accused Marty Weiss, a child talent manager, of abuse. In 2012, Weiss was convicted on child molestation charges and spent six months in jail.