In an in-depth interview with THR, the ‘Goonies’ and ‘Lost Boys’ star opens up about his late best friend Corey Haim’s rape by a producer at age 11, the pre-teen parties where predators stalked and groomed their marks and the “dark side” of his close pal Michael Jackson: “The man is gone. Let him rest in peace.”
A recent interview with Elijah Wood has reignited the conversation on pedophilia in the entertainment business. The Lord of the Rings star later clarified first to The Hollywood Reporter and then on his personal Twitter account that his comments about “something major … going on in Hollywood” were based not on his own experiences and observations but rather on news reports and the 2015 documentary film An Open Secret.
But another former child actor — Corey Feldman, star of such iconic 1980s movies as The Goonies, Stand By Me and The Lost Boys — was not so lucky. In past interviews, his A&E reality series The Two Coreys and his 2013 memoir, Coreyography, Feldman has detailed how he was preyed upon by men in the industry. His own experiences were not as nightmarish as what befell his Two Coreys costar, the late Canadian actor Corey Haim. Haim was just 11 when, Feldman says, a man raped him on a movie set. (Haim died in 2010 at age 38 after years of drug addiction.)
Speaking now exclusively to The Hollywood Reporter, Feldman opens up about missing Haim, addresses the “dark side” of pal Michael Jackson that led to their estrangement, and warns of the “growing, not shrinking” dangers of internet-era child predators in Hollywood, a place “where adults have more direct and inappropriate connection with children than probably anywhere else in the world.”