Monday, May 23, 2016

Elijah Wood Claims Hollywood Is Plagued by Child Sex Abuse

We heard a lot about underage boys being preyed upon during the (discredited?) Bryan Singer scandal. Now what do you think about what Elijah Wood is saying? For the record, I (obviously) condemn all sex abuse -- but wonder if he is using the term "pedophile" to describe adults have "consensual" sex with teenagers interchangeably with preying on prepubescent children, which is the true definition.

Page Six sums up The Sunday Times's paywall-protected article like this:
Hollywood is infested with pedophiles, “Lord of the Rings” actor Elijah Wood said in an interview. “I’ve been led down dark paths to realize that these things are probably still happening,” the former child actor, now 35, told the UK’s Sunday Times. “There are a lot of vipers in this industry.” He compared it to the case of Jimmy Savile, a British TV host who abused at least 500 children. “People with parasitic interests will see you as their prey,” he said. Wood, whose career began when he was 8, said his mother had protected him. Anne Henry, co-founder of the entertainment charity BizParentz, said Hollywood is sheltering abusers. Corey Feldman, who was a child actor in 1980s films “The Goonies,” “Gremlins” and “The Lost Boys,” spoke in 2011 about the abuse he suffered as a teenager. He said that when he was 14, he was “surrounded” by molesters.

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