The “casting couch” has long been part of Hollywood lore, where young would-be starlets are given their big break in return for sexual favors with powerful studio moguls. Add to that the liberal and loose morals of the show biz industry in general and you have a recipe for debauchery.
However, it’s one thing when “consenting adults” are involved in drug and booze-filled orgies. It’s quite another when children are involved.
In the late 1970’s, film director Roman Polanski was arrested and charged in Los Angeles with rape, sodomy and drugging a 13-year-old girl. . Actor and director Woody Allen has also been dogged by rumors of child molestation – of his then-7-year-old daughter Dylan.
Perhaps these aren’t just isolated cases in the past. Maybe it’s just business as usual.
The Daily Mail reports Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood claims that young actors in Hollywood are being sexually abused by predatory high-powered ‘vipers’ working in the industry.
The Hobbit actor, 35, told The Sunday Times that the child abuse is ‘probably still happening’. Shocking allegations that top Hollywood figures have been protecting child abusers have circulated widely in recent years.
Several industry figures have been convicted following claims of sex abuse and former child actors – including The Goonies actor Corey Feldman, 44 – claimed he was ‘surrounded’ by molesters when he was a teenager.
Anne Henry, co-founder of Bizparentz – a group to help young actors – said that Tinseltown is currently sheltering around ‘100 active abusers’.
The actor, who played Frodo Baggins in Lord of the Rings, believes that other actors remain in danger.
He added: ‘If you’re innocent, you have very little knowledge of the world and you want to succeed.
‘People with parasitic interests will see you as their prey. What upsets me about these situations is that the victims can’t speak as loudly as the people in power.’
Sadly, as we’ve seen with the Catholic church, Jerry Sandusky at Penn State…heck, even Jared from Subway, pedophiles are entrenched in our society. Perhaps the least surprising segment is Hollywood after all.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]