According to Corey Feldman, former child star and best friend of the late Corey Haim, child molestation has run rampant in the entertainment industry.
"The No. 1 problem in Hollywood was and is and always will be pedophilia," he said Wednesday, adding that the “casting couch” exists for children, too.
He and Haim were no exceptions to that disturbing trend, Feldman says.
Two Coreys: Feldman, left, and the late Haim.
Feldman asserted in an interview that directors and other adults in the industry take advantage of young aspiring actors on a regular basis.
“It's all done under the radar... But it's the big secret,” he said.
Feldman also claimed that former co-star Corey Haim's death last year was the end result of early sexual abuse by an unnamed "Hollywood mogul."The 40-year-old said that his friend’s long-running battle with substance abuse and addiction was "a symptom” of the molestation he experienced.
The actor has said that he was raped by his assistant as a child.
"It's something that will be addressed in my inner soul for the rest of my life, and it's something that truly affects me,” he told GQ magazine.