Actor Corey Feldman recently launched an Indiegogo fundraiser campaign, in an attempt to raise the funds to make a film that he says will expose pedophilia in Hollywood. While numerous people stand behind him and hope for the best, there’s one person who has been vocal about her feelings about Feldman for years, and she says his fundraiser is part of a “long con” he’s been carrying out since her son passed away.
“He’s been talking about revealing the names of his and other abusers for seven years, since my son died,” Judy Haim told The Hollywood Reporter.
Judy, the mother of the late Corey Haim, lost her son in 2010 to pneumonia, when the actor was just 38 years old. In 2013, Feldman released a biography, “Coreyography,” in which he detailed not only the abuse he endured at the hands of Hollywood pedophiles, but also what Haim, his best friend who starred in a string of 1980s movies with him, reportedly endured by entertainment industry perverts.
In the midst of the current Harvey Weinstein scandal, Feldman’s claims are back in the spotlight, giving him the opportunity to tell all who’ll listen about the issues regarding child stars and Hollywood pedophilia. Judy Haim questioned why Feldman didn’t come forward before her son died, calling the actor a scam artist who simply wants to take the attention off of his recent drug arrest.
“Now he wants $10 million to do it? Come on. It’s a long con. He’s a scam artist. If he was serious about this, he’d share the information he has with the police.”
“I don’t understand how the press that’s now giving him all of this attention isn’t getting it,” Judy Haim continued, referring to Feldman’s recent arrest in Louisiana. “It’s all a distraction.”
Earlier this month, Feldman explained that he confided in police in 1993, but during the time, they were only interested in interviewing him about the Michael Jackson molestation accusations, and they reportedly shrugged the actor off when they learned Jackson never touched him.
Further, Feldman said that coming forward right now, without protection, would not only put his family in danger, but it would also open him up to a lawsuit since the statute of limitations have passed. Feldman said funds from the fundraiser would help protect him while creating a film that reveals the truth.
Still, Judy Haim doesn’t buy it. She said that if these men were still in power in Hollywood and there was a hidden pedophile ring currently going on, Feldman has every legal right to tell police about it in order to help others who could be getting abused today. She also doesn’t believe there is an “all-powerful pedophilic ring” going on in Hollywood, but instead thinks the abuse is a series of isolated incidents that generally happen on the set of a film.
“It’s disrespectful to sexual assault survivors and their loved ones in and out of the industry to get their hopes up about uncovering a massive conspiracy, because he will not name names — ever. And if these people really are out there, and potentially [still] a danger, why wouldn’t he want to name them right now?”
Judy Haim doesn’t deny that her son was targeted and sexually assaulted as a child star. Yet, she does dispute the information Feldman revealed in his biography. She said Corey Haim confided to her that someone did indeed assault him when he was 14, but that it was one incident only that he wanted to put behind him.
In his book, Feldman claimed that Corey Haim was tossed around by numerous Hollywood honchos, with one incident involving “direct rape.”
“I wanted to do something about it,” Judy Haim told Global News in 2013. “He [Corey Haim] was afraid for himself, for what people in the industry are going to say about it. He was afraid to bring that person to justice. He told me, ‘I just want to leave this one alone.’”
A few years later, as Feldman continued to talk about her son, Judy Haim slapped Feldman with a cease and desist and threatened to sue if he kept telling what she perceived as lies about her son, according to TMZ.
Although Corey Haim may have told his mother he didn’t want to out the alleged pedophile, he made it clear during a 2008 episode of the reality show, The Two Coreys, that he still held resentment against Feldman for not helping him when the act occurred.
“Take responsibility. You know exactly what I’m talking about. What did you do when you saw that s**t going down when I was 14?” Corey Haim asked Feldman. “What did you do besides being his best friend? What did you do? Tell us what you did? Lines of cocaine with me. God bless you.”
Judy Haim said Feldman wrote excessively about Haim in his book as a way to “pay him back” for outing the situation.
“What is Feldman trying to accomplish by knocking my kid once again to the ground?,” she said to Global News. “But I suppose anyone can write a book about anyone that is dead and gone and not here to defend himself.”
Meanwhile, Feldman’s representatives denied that Feldman was pulling any sort of “con.” Feldman’s publicist, Samantha Waranch, said the the fundraising campaign will allow Feldman to have his own “editorial and distribution independence,” as well as the funds needed to protect himself legally and physically.
“He legitimately fears for his life,” Waranch told The Hollywood Reporter. “He has armed security with him right now.”
[Feature Photo: AP/Nathan Nowack]