by Jay Syrmopoulos, The Free Thought Project:
Oscar-winning director Paul Haggis takes Hollywood to task over claims of widespread pedophilia and their immense ability to cover it up.
Hollywood, CA – In the wake of the public revelations regarding movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s repeated sexual abuse and misconduct, Oscar-winning writer-director Paul Haggis has now come forward to suggest that Hollywood is still covering up credible and serious allegations of pedophilia.
While being interviewed by The Guardian over the weekend, Haggis intimated that although there has been much said about Hollywood’s treatment of women – the open secret of widespread pedophilia being commonplace in Tinseltown should not be forgotten.
Haggis noted that many former child actors, such as Corey Haim and Corey Feldman, have come forward to allege being molested and raped by heavy-hitters in the movie industry.
“It is not an innocent place and never has been,” Haggis told The Guardian. “Most of this behavior has been aimed at women, but I am sure that former child stars such as Corey Feldman and Corey Haim, who have both made allegations in the past that no one took seriously, are worth considering, too.”
“Were people covering for pedophiles, too?” Haggis asked. “We have to think that may have happened as well, because no one speaks out about being abused just to benefit their career. I find it particularly terrible that people had their dreams held to ransom in that way.”
While Hollywood’s proclivity for pedophilia has been an open secret in the film industry for years, the increased attention being paid to sexual abuse in the industry since the public allegations against Weinstein – which now includes reports of sexual assault by 60 women – is precipitating industry-wide scrutiny of past claims of pedophilia.
Coery Feldman — who rose to fame alongside Haim in the 80s in films like The Lost Boys and License to Drive — has repeatedly said that he would love to “name names” of Hollywood figures who he claims abused him, but will not do so in an effort to protect his own family from harm.
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