Corey Haim and Corey Feldman were Hollywood's hottest young stars in the 1980s, but behind the magazine covers and movie deals, the child actors and close friends were exposed to sexual predators who took advantage of them. While both teen idols have said they were molested by adults in the industry during their rise to stardom, little else is known about the sexual abuse, including who their attackers might be.
The mystery saw fresh buzz this week when Radar Online pubilshed a report Wednesday that said Feldman, of "Goonies" fame, allegedly exposed Haim’s sex abuser during a 1993 interview with police. But a close friend of the child stars who allegedly overheard Feldman's conservation with police said that's not true. While Feldman did talk to police at that time, it didn’t have anything to do with Haim, who died in 2010 from pneumonia, or the molestation he said he endured as a teenager in Hollywood, actor and director Dominick Brascia told International Business Times.
Brascia was recently accused of being Haim's attacker in a Facebook post by Greg Harrison, a man who was friends with Haim and Feldman. Brascia declined to speak about the accusation with IBT, but he has denied it.
“It's totally not true,” the actor/director told Perez Hilton Tuesday. “I'm as shocked as anyone else. He was one of my good friends, I knew him for over 25 years."
Brascia told IBT he listened to Feldman speak with investigators in 1993, but the conservation wasn't about Haim. “I was living with Corey Feldman when that happened,” Brascia said in an email. “The interview took place in our house. He was late and I had to keep them [occupied] till Feldman got home.”
Brascia said he wasn’t allowed to stay for the interview, but he wanted to hear what the police were speaking to Feldman about. “They talked in the living room and I stayed in the kitchen so I could eavesdrop,” he said. “They asked about Michael Jackson.”
At that time, Jackson had been accused of sexually abusing children at his Neverland Ranch in California. Jackson was ultimately cleared of those charges, but his reputation was never the same.
Feldman denied that Jackson abused him while speaking with investigators. “He defended Jackson and said he was also molested, which I was shocked to hear,” Brascia explained. “I could believe he was telling the police this stuff.”
While Feldman did have a conversation with police, he didn’t talk about Haim. “He never even brought up Corey Haim’s name,” Brascia said, referencing the alleged police interview that Radar Online obtained. “So the story about the tape is surprising."
Radar Online reported that it had obtained audio of Feldman speaking to the police about the abuser, someone he described as "one of the most successful people in the entertainment industry."
"I know what it’s like to go through those feelings and believe me, the person who molested me, if this was him that did that to me, this would be a different story," Feldman told police at the time, Radar reported.
Feldman has tweeted out a similar story. "All names were given to police before statute had run out but they did zero," he wrote on social media.
Haim described the abuse on his short-lived A&E reality show with Feldman called, “The Two Coreys.” He never identified his attacker.
Feldman has said Haim was 11 years old when he was molested. Feldman has said he won't identify his or Haim's abusers because of California's statute of limitations and to avoid potential lawsuits.
"Ask anybody in our group of kids at that time: They were passing us back and forth to each other," said Feldman in May. "My son is 11 now, and I can't even begin to fathom the idea of something like that happening to him. It would destroy his whole being. As I look at my son, a sweet, innocent, 11-year-old boy and then try to put him in Corey Haim's shoes, I go, 'Oh my God -- well of course he was erratic and not well-behaved on sets and things like that.'"
Feldman vowed this week to not to bring up Haim's abuser again because it upsets his mother, Judy. “I love Corey and I miss him to death,” Feldman said on “The Dr. Oz Show” Tuesday. “But if me bringing up his name is affecting her life in any negative way, then it has to stop. We can talk about the great times we had together. But as far as the personal stuff, I think I’ve said what needs to be said.”
She also sent him a cease and desist letter in July, TMZ wrote Sunday. Haim, who suffered from drug abuse, died March 20, 2010. He was 38 years old.
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