This has been a tough year for Corey Feldman. The Goonies and Lost Boys star has been slammed on social media following the musical performance of his track “Go 4 It” on the Today Show that featured robotic dance moves, rapping, and lingerie- and halo-wearing backup performers known as “Corey’s Angels.”
Following the backlash of fans calling him “delusional” and using hashtag #notalent to describe the gig to promote Feldman’s studio album Angelic 2 The Core, he and his “maingel” Anne appeared in a now-deleted Facebook video, according to People.
“All we can say is that we tried really hard,” he said. “Because we love our fans and we just wanted to give them the best show that we could … these things that are said about us are awful.”
But many fans, including Pink, who tweeted “Keep your head up and know that you’re loved!”, wrote in to show their support.
The album, which Feldman says has been 10 years in the making, was dedicated to Michael Jackson and Feldman’s childhood bestie Corey Haim, among others. Feldman has spoken out about the sexual abuse he says he and Haim suffered as children working in the film industry, and recently told the Hollywood Reporter that he and Haim were targeted by powerful men who would invite them to parties in order to “groom” them.
“[Alison Arngrim] from Little House on the Prairie said [in an interview], ‘Everybody knew that the two Coreys were just being passed around.‘ Like it was something people joked about on studio lots,” Feldman said, adding that he wasn’t talking about “huge executives and directors,” but “publicists … photographers for teen magazines, things like that.”
Feldman said that he wants to name names, but can’t because of California’s statutes of limitations for sex-abuse crimes. “Unfortunately California conveniently enough has a statute of limitations that prevents that from happening,” he’s said. “Because if I were to go and mention anybody’s name I would be the one that would be in legal problems and I’m the one that would be sued.”
From Charlie Chaplin’s penchant for underage teens to Roman Polanski’s rape conviction, Hollywood has been plagued by rumors of adults sexually abusing children — but Feldman warned that the problem is getting worse due to social media like Twitter and Facebook.
In his 2013 memoir Coreyography, Feldman said that he and Haim were told by trusted adults that it was normal for older men and young boys to have sexual relations in the industry. He also claimed that Haim was raped at age 11 on set. After fighting a long battle with drug addiction, Haim passed away of pneumonia in 2010 at the age of 38.
Currently, California has a six-year statute of limitations on “normal” sexual assaults, and a 10-year statute for child molestation. However, the assailant can also be prosecuted within one year of whenever the victim tells the police.
In 2012, Governor Jerry Brown signed a law that banned registered sex offenders from representing young talent in Hollywood. The state measure requires screening of acting coaches, managers, photographers, and others in the entertainment industry who have unsupervised access to minors.
But critics say that the laws do not go far enough, and that sexual predators continue to work in Hollywood. Director Amy Berg tackled the issue in her controversial 2015 documentary An Open Secret.
Today, Feldman claims to be living a happy and balanced life.
But Feldman’s live-in companions have attracted their share of criticism — and he has been accused of running “an all-girl sex cult.” In order to become an “Angel,” the women must sign a contract agreeing to the house rules of the “Feldmansion,” according to Page Six. The rules include not eating meat, wearing jeans, or drinking alcohol, working out to maintain their weight, allowing no male visitors on the property unless they are previously invited guests, and being “coachable.”
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