Earlier this week, actor Sean Astin wrote an “open letter” on social media, showing support for fellow actor Corey Feldman, who’s currently in the midst of a campaign to expose Hollywood pedophilia. Astin opened up again on Thursday, with hopes that Feldman’s story continues to be taken seriously while gaining momentum.
“Hopefully, this doesn’t play out as a personal tabloid story,” Astin told Page Six at the premiere party of the TBS show, Search Party. “The fact is, real people all over the country are starting to have a conversation, and it can be very distracting if it distills down into some kind of typical [story].”
Astin, who starred with Feldman in the 1985 movie, The Goonies, said he himself was never abused as a child, thanks in part to his late mother, Patty Duke Astin, who watched him closely after she was abused herself as a child actress. During an interview with SiriusXM’s Jim and Sam Show on Wednesday, Astin spoke on how Feldman’s lack of parental guidance affected the young star’s life. Feldman has claimed for years that he was sexually abused as a child in Hollywood.
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“Watching him on the set of The Goonies and the lack of parental care for him was horrifying. And we all loved and cared about him, but there’s like only so much you can do… he was strong-willed and had a lot of energy and was doing things, and I don’t know that in that certain moment, you can go ‘Hey Corey, I want to talk to you about the lack of parental supervision you have and how that’s going to affect your life.’ ”
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Feldman started an Indiegogo fundraiser campaign, in hopes of raising $10 million, which he said would provide him legal protection and personal security, as well as the funds to make a feature film about Hollywood pedophilia. Astin said that although Feldman opened himself to criticism with the fundraiser, the end goal is to expose the evil side of Hollywood, something that many people support despite the backlash.
“I think he’s legitimately opened himself up for criticism because of the overlap between personal gain and a crusade to help other people, but at the same time a lot of the people who support him, don’t care. They want to see what he does, they want to see if he can actually help people.”
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