Will there finally be justice?
Radar Online is reporting major news about a rumored Hollywood child sex ring, and, if what they are hinting at is true, the truth will shake America to its core.
Actors Corey Haim and Corey Feldman both spoke separately about their experiences being raped and molested by men in Hollywood during their child star days. Before his death by drug overdose in 2010, Corey Haim talked publicly about allegedly raped by the mysterious figure implicated by Radar.
The website (owned by The National Enquirer, just FYI) alleges that the "kingpin" of this nefarious organization is a man leading a double life.
In their coverage, Jezebel reminds readers that Radar has broken legitimate news in the past. They were the first to post a blind item about Charlie Sheen's HIV status just two weeks before Sheen himself announced he was HIV positive.
As if this story wasn't making your skin crawl already, this abuser's dark side is apparently an open secret in Hollywood.
Neither Feldman nor Haim revealed their abuser's identity for fear of legal action being taken now that the statute of limitations is up on his alleged crimes.
But here are some clues they have given about the man's identity:
1. In a video from their reality show The Two Coreys, Haim implied that Feldman still enjoyed a friendship with the man who raped Haim.
2. In his book Coreyography, Feldman opened up about the first time Haim was assaulted, during the filming of the 1986 film Lucas.
“Within hours of our first meeting, we found ourselves talking about ‘Lucas,’ the film he made in the summer of 1985, the role I had wanted for myself,” Feldman writes. “At some point during the filming, he explained an adult male convinced him that it was perfectly normal for older men and younger boys in the business to have sexual relations, that it was what all ‘guys do.’
“So they walked off to a secluded area between two trailers, during a lunch break for the cast and crew, and Haim, innocent and ambitious as he was, allowed himself to be sodomized.”
Feldman says that Haim was first raped at the age of 11, and that Feldman himself starting getting assaulted when he turned 14.
"This person uses intimidation and threats as a way to keep people quiet. And all these men were all friends," said Feldman.
He also mentions that the man "is still prominently in the business today" and Radar Online notes that "the closeted perv has never come out as gay — and even has children of his own."
Pedophilia in Hollywood is a serious problem, and not just in "secret" cases like this.
Bob Villard, the former manager of actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Toby Maguire, pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge when countless illegal photographs of young boys were found in his possession in 1987. Composer Fernando Rivas has written music for Disney, as well as child pornography he then distributed on the web.
Casting director Jason James Murphy, is a registered sex offender who once kidnapped and molested an 8-year-old boy.
Other actors who have made the leap from child stars to A-Listers are trying to use their clout to shine a light on this epidemic.
“Clearly something major was going on in Hollywood. It was all organized. There are a lot of vipers in this industry, people who only have their own interests in mind. There is darkness in the underbelly. What bums me about these situations is that the victims can’t speak as loudly as the people in power. That’s the tragedy of attempting to reveal what is happening to innocent people: they can be squashed, but their lives have been irreparably damaged.”
There is a myth that men who survive sexual assault will go on to be offenders themselves, but it is just that, a myth, and a foul one.
The vast majority of survivors of child sexual abuse will never grow up to harm anyone or commit sexual abuse themselves. But this doesn't change the fact that for whatever reason the men in positions of power in Hollywood who actively harm children and are still being protected.
It has to stop.
That might not continue for much longer, if what Radar is reporting is correct.
The site seems confident that the revelation of this prominent actor, family-man, and producer will be revealed soon and justice for the boys whose lives he tried to destroy could be within reach. Let's hope that they're right.