Corey Feldman’s tell-all book, Coreyography: A Memoir, launches next week. In the tome, the former child actor reveals both he and Corey Haim were the victims of pedophiles who worked on the child stars’ movies and others who were hired to work as assistants.
While making the coming-of-age film Lucas, Corey Haim was convinced by an adult male predator who worked on the movie, “that it was perfectly normal for older men and younger boys in the business to have sexual relations, that it was what all the guys do.” Haim then allowed the adult to sodomize him. Haim was 15 years old.
Sadly, with his innocence shattered, Haim also tried to proposition Feldman who said “it’s not what kids do, man.”
Feldman’s book reveals abuses he suffered at the hands of show business people who worked for him and at the hands of his own mother, Sheila, a former Playboy model.
One of the main reasons Corey decided to write his book was to name names. “I stood up and said there is a bigger problem, that I’d lost Corey and that I didn’t want to see any more kids lost to these sick perverts.” He has also gone on record as saying the biggest problem in Hollywood is the pedophiles.
Whether or not Feldman made good on his promise to point fingers remains to be seen, but I’m doubtful. Publishers don’t want to get their hands dirty and deal with potential lawsuits. Unfortunately, it means these monsters walk free, and given their potential power in the industry, they would walk free regardless, then turn around and try to paint Corey as mentally unstable.
Tragically, the abuses of the two Coreys are repeated to this day on fresh victims who are traumatized so severely they never speak of what’s happened. The nightmares of both Coreys will play out again and again as long as parents keep thrusting their children into show business. In the written words of Mr. Feldman, “People always ask me about life after childhood stardom. What would I say to parents of children in the industry? My only advice, honestly, is to get these kids out of Hollywood and let them lead normal lives.”
What do you think? Would you risk it to have your child in show business? Will you read Corey’s book to see if he exposes the monsters that surrounded him? Sound off.