Will Corey Feldman finally get to say “I told you so?”
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office now confirms it possesses audio recordings of the former child star’s statements in which he revealed the names of sexual predators in Hollywood.
In October, Feldman appeared on “Today” and told Matt Lauer (who has since been fired over his own sexual misconduct scandal) that he gave the Santa Barbara authorities names.
“I gave them names. They’re on record. They have all this information,” the “Goonies” actor told Lauer.
At the time, officials with the Sheriff’s Office told Fox News that Feldman had not revealed any names.
“We are aware of the statements that Mr. Feldman is making regarding an investigation in 1993,” said the Sheriff’s Office. “Our records do not indicate that he named any suspects.”
Santa Barbara County law enforcement now claims to have discovered auto recordings of Feldman’s interview with investigators.
Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office public information officer Kelly Hoover emailed Fox News the following statement:
“Following the recent inquiries into the Sheriff’s Office interview of Mr. Feldman in 1993, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office conducted an additional review for any stored items remaining from the Michael Jackson investigation.
“In a container which included the original reports from the investigation, the Sheriff’s Office located some detective working copies of audio recordings made during the investigation. A copy of Mr. Feldman’s interview was located. The recording is being turned over to the Los Angeles Police Department.
“Due to the fact that this case involves the alleged sexual abuse of a child, we are unable to comment further and any documentation or evidence related to this case is exempt from release.”
Feldman has publicly revealed that one of is abusers was actor John Grissom, who had small parts alongside the “Lost Boys” star in the films “License to Drive” and “Dream a Little Dream.”
Feldman plans to make a movie addressing the issue of sexual abuse in Hollywood, for which he seeks to raise $10 million.
The star’s decades-long accusations have received renewed interest in light of the recent allegations against powerful men in entertainment.
Producer Harvey Weinstein, actor Kevin Spacey, and CBS journalist Charlie Rose are among the prominent figures whose careers crashed due to sexual misconduct allegations.
After many years of fighting against sexual exploitation, Feldman may at last be vindicated.