Former child star Corey Feldman said in a televised interview that "the No. 1 problem in Hollywood was and is and always will be pedophilia."
In an interview with ABC's Nightline, Feldman said that pedophiles "surrounded him" like "vultures" when he was a young actor in Hollywood. He asserts that the casting couch culture exists even for young boys, and many high-profile members of the entertainment business pray on the naivete of children.
Feldman got his start at the age of three, when he appeared in a cereal commercial. He then when on to star in such 1980s cult classics as "The Goonies," "The Lost Boys," "Stand by Me," and "Gremlins."
A movie star at an early age, Feldman says in the interview that he never had a childhood. Like many other child actors of his generation, people like Drew Barrymore and River Phoenix, Feldman had issues with drugs and alcohol early on in his life. Additionally, his career floundered as he got older.
"I was surrounded by [pedophiles] when I was 14 years old. ... Didn't even know it. It wasn't until I was old enough to realize what they were and what they wanted ... till I went, Oh, my God. They were everywhere," Feldman, 40, said.
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In the ABC interview, Feldman also claimed that a "Hollywood mogul" is responsible for his best friend Corey Haim's death. Feldman blames molestation for the substance abuse problems that eventually led to Haim's passing.
In a final note, Feldman says that he would never introduce his son to the business of Hollywood. At least, not without his consent.