Actor Corey Feldman says nobody listened to him when he was a kid, and hardly anyone’s listening now.
Feldman, who is now 46, rose to fame as a child actor and has remained in and out of the spotlight throughout his adult life for trying to expose what he has called Hollywood’s pedophilia problem.
During a segment on Monday’s Dr. Oz Show, Feldman played a tape from 1993 he said he recently found in his garage. The tape has Feldman repeatedly telling the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s office that he was molested by actor Jon Grissom.
Feldman said the police weren’t interested in hearing about Grissom, but were persistent in trying to steer the claims toward Feldman’s friend at the time, pop icon Michael Jackson.
“The fascinating thing is that here I am still a kid,” Feldman told Dr. Mehmet Oz.
“I mean, I don’t know if I was 21, 22 somewhere in there. But, I’m talking about the fact — and I believe I might have been within the statue at that time. But I’m talking about a very real situation that happened to me and I’m trying to explain that to them over and over. And they’re going on saying ‘well, you know, Michael [Jackson], you know, might be somebody that you don’t think he is.’”
“They weren’t interested in Jon Grissom,” Feldman said. “They were trying to frame Michael Jackson and bury the Corey Feldman story.”
Dr. Oz said the Santa Barbara police confirmed they have a copy of an interview with Feldman but did not confirm it was the same one.
“There was only one interview,” an agitated Feldman said.
“I feel like I’ve spent my entire life fighting this battle and nobody’s ever listened,” Feldman explained. “Nobody listened before now.
“Nobody’s listening now. Nothing’s happening, as far as I know. … You’ve got to look at the fact that L.A.P.D. is still not investigating it.”
Dr. Oz asked if Feldman felt at all vindicated after finding the tape and finally getting some recognition for his explosive story.
“Not yet. Vindication will come when my best friend’s (Corey Haim) perpetrators are behind bars,” Feldman said. “When the people who molested me are behind bars. And my good friend Michael Jackson is fully exonerated in the public opinion because he was never a predator.”
Feldman had named Jon Grissom as one of his attackers last month, but claimed he only found his copy of the tape with police recently.
For decades, the actor has been a lone voice in trying to expose this aspect of Hollywood’s seedy underbelly. Feldman had been largely disregarded by Hollywood elites and those who protect them.
An unearthed video of Barbara Walters dismissing Feldman’s claims when he visited ABC’s The View recently surfaced and brought new scrutiny to the issue and how Feldman has been treated by the media’s upper echelon.
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