Wednesday actor Corey Feldman launched a $10 million Indiegogo campaign to tell his own story of sexual abuse at the hands of Hollywood pedophiles in a feature film. In a video describing his goals, Feldman says he was recently arrested and also survived a “near-death experience,” apparently on Tuesday night.
“I told everybody a few days ago that I had a plan to hopefully bring to light what is happening in the world of entertainment as far as perverts and pedophiles,” Feldman said. He continued, “Ever since I even discussed the fact that I had this plan, my life has turned into utter chaos. You can probably tell by the sound of my voice. It’s pretty ripped up because of the devastation of what I’ve been through the past few days.
“I’ve experienced things like never before. I’ve been silenced my whole life but just over the past few days since I made that announcement I’ve been arrested. I had a near-death experience last night where I felt like I was almost going to be killed. Two trucks came speeding at me at the same time on a crosswalk.”
The claim that he was arrested is odd because just a few days ago, Feldman was clarifying on Twitter that he wasn’t arrested. His tour bus was stopped for speeding and the cop then cited Feldman and others for marijuana possession. He was able to pay a fine and was not arrested or taken to jail. Fox News reported on a series of tweets (written in all caps) in which he said:
HI #EVERYBODY & HAPPY 22ND! 4 THE RECORD, I WAS NOT ARRESTED OR PUT IN JAIL. I RECEIVED A MISDEMEANOR IN LOUISIANA, DUE 2 A MEMBER OF MY CREW HAVING MEDICAL MARIJUANA, WITH A LEGAL CA PRESCRIPTION, I HAD NOTHING ON ME, BUT WAS CHARGED BECAUSE ITS MY BUS.
As for the near-death experience this apparently just happened and seems to be the first that anyone has heard about it. Feldman goes on to say, “I need to protect myself and I need to protect my family.” The money he raises on Indiegogo will be used for additional security as he works on a film to detail his past abuse.
As for the film itself, Feldman says he can name six names “right off the bat” of people involved in pedophilia. One of those people, he says, is still in a position of power at a major studio.
His Indiegogo page states that Feldman has even created a fail-safe in case something happens to him. “As a security measure Corey has already written down the names and details of the events and given them to a trusted person of power, in case anything should happen to him or any member of his family before the film is finished,” it states.
Feldman sounds more than a little paranoid, but as the old saying goes you’re not paranoid if they’re really out to get you. There really are pedophiles in Hollywood and I believe Feldman and his friend Corey Haim were victims. To be blunt, I’m rooting for Feldman because I believe he’s telling the truth.
If I could speak directly to Corey Feldman, here’s what I’d say: You say you feel alone and isolated and I believe that. You’ve been carrying this story for decades and until a couple weeks ago most people weren’t really listening to you. You also say powerful people want to silence you and I believe that too. We’ve all now heard how Harvey Weinstein maneuvered his lawyers and friends in the media to get away with his predatory behavior for decades. These people abuse their power to protect themselves. It’s what they do. But here’s the thing. If you’re alone against powerful people, trying to fight back solo is a bad idea. What you need right now is some equally powerful friends to back you up. And, fortunately there are a bunch of people eager to be your friends and tell your story. Pick up the phone and call the LA Times or the NY Times or The Hollywood Reporter, any news outlet with a staff of lawyers on retainer and reporters to do legwork. They will listen to you. They will help you get the truth out. And then, once the story is out there, you can still make your movie. In fact, your decision to go to the media, the subsequent publication of the story and the fallout from it will make a great third act! I’m rooting for you Corey so don’t go it alone on this.