For the past several years, actor Corey Feldman has alleged that he was sexually abused as a child. He’s also said that these alleged incidents drove him to drug and alcohol misuse and have cast a shadow over his entire life. Yet for a long time, he did not name his suspected abusers – but that’s now changed significantly. In the wake of the Weinstein scandal, in fact, Feldman has appeared on television and called out the men he claims were responsible for his abuse.
Feldman has long been adamant that abuse had marked his childhood. His parents, he claimed, had done nothing to help, and in a 2012 interview with The A.V. Club he described his early years as “child slavery.” His 2013 autobiography, Coreyography, went into more detail about his stardom and earlier life too.
Feldman actually said in the memoir that his father had been mostly absent from his upbringing and that his mother had been abusive. She’d force-fed Feldman diet pills, he claimed, and bullied him to the extent that he’d considered taking his own life. Then they’d apparently given him an assistant – a man Feldman named in the book as “Ron – to help manage his career. Feldman also alleged that Ron had molested him.
When Feldman reached his teens, he befriended another Corey: Corey Haim. The Coreys appeared in three movies together: The Lost Boys, License to Drive and Dream a Little Dream. And after Haim passed away in 2010, Feldman began claiming to the media that Haim had been abused as well.
In Coreyography, in fact, he detailed an incident involving his friend. Haim, Feldman wrote, had been raised in such a culture of child abuse that he believed it was normal. His unnamed abuser had even allegedly told him that “all the guys in the entertainment world” were involved in pedophilia.
Feldman also discussed his friendship with Michael Jackson in Coreyography. The erstwhile “King of Pop” had of course gone on trial in 2005 for alleged molestation. But Feldman’s feelings about Jackson seem to be rather conflicted. Back in 2005, for instance, he told ABC News that he had had a “sickening realization” about Jackson that had “created a question of doubt.” Yet in his autobiography, Feldman was adamant that Jackson had never abused him or any other child.
And in 2017 Feldman told Megyn Kelly that he’d brought up other allegations of abuse when police had questioned him about Jackson. “They came to convince me that [Jackson] was a pedophile, and I said he’s not… I said, ‘I can give you the names; here they are.’ And they said, ‘That’s not our area. That’s outside of our community,’” Feldman claimed.
Nonetheless, Feldman for a time seemed to have moved into a happier place. “I feel very grateful and very lucky to be alive still, to have any kind of semblance of normal life,” he said in 2016 to the Associated Press. “I am blessed to have a beautiful child, a beautiful home, a beautiful girlfriend and a beautiful career.” And in November of that year he actually married his girlfriend, Courtney Anne.
Then in 2017 he finally felt able to name the names of his alleged abusers. Reportedly, it was the widespread allegations of abuse against Harvey Weinstein that spurred Feldman on. At first, Feldman started a crowdfunding campaign for a $10 million feature film about his accusations. But this didn’t go down very well with some people.
In fact, Corey Haim’s mother, Judy, took him to task via The Hollywood Reporter. “He’s been talking about revealing the names of his and other abusers for seven years, since my son died,” she said. “Now he wants $10m to do it? Come on. It’s a long con. He’s a scam artist. If he was serious about this, he’d share the information he has with the police.”
And just five days after starting the crowdfund, Feldman went on Today for a difficult, sometimes angry, conversation with Matt Lauer and Megyn Kelly. During it, the hosts questioned if Feldman was merely after money, a fact that he firmly denied. He also named Marty Weiss, a talent manager, as one of his alleged abusers. Feldman had, however, already called out Weiss in Coreyography.
In the book, Feldman detailed how Haim and Weiss had allegedly had sex on the set of The Lost Boys when Haim was 15. “I heard sounds, banging, thumping. I felt my stomach flip-flop,” Feldman wrote. Separately to Feldman’s allegations, Marty Weiss was actually convicted in 2012 of child molestation charges. But he was released with time served and later joined the sex offenders’ registry.
But on November 2, 2017, speaking to Dr. Oz on his TV show, Feldman did give a name that he had never mentioned before. He said actor and PA Cloyd Jon Grissom, who usually went by the names “John” or “Jon,” was the “Ron” of Feldman’s book. Feldman reported the allegations to police via phone from the studio and then encouraged Grissom to turn himself in.
A video posted to the Dr. Oz Facebook page after the show announced that Grissom had been arrested in 2001 for child molestation and had spent some time in prison for it. “Together with our show’s legal counsel, we investigated Grissom, and his background is incredibly disturbing,” the Dr. Oz team posted beneath the video. “If you see him, please notify your local law enforcement.”
A few days later, Sean Astin, Feldman’s co-star in The Goonies, offered his support. “Corey Feldman communicated to me at some point what some of his experiences were. I remember aching for him,” he said in a statement on November 6. “Victims of sexual assault are speaking. Their bravery and willingness to subject their lives to scrutiny, of the most painful kind, should be supported.”
On November 14, 2017, Feldman once again appeared on Dr. Oz’s show because he was ready to name another person. This was a man called Alphy Hoffman. According to Feldman, Hoffman was “the son of Bobby Hoffman, who was the top casting director at the time for one of the major studios.” The younger Hoffman, Feldman alleged, threw parties where underage children were specifically invited and thus opened them up to abuse.
Feldman described what had allegedly happened to him at one of the parties. “One night I was over there, and we were watching a movie, and I passed out while I was watching the movie, and when I woke up, there was a porn on,” he said. “I remember I could barely walk. I don’t know what I was given at that time, but I know that I was really out of it.”
“And we went to the bedroom, and I was kind of passing in and out of it, and then it was like he started doing the same things to me that Jon had done,” Feldman said. “I kind of woke up in the middle of it, and I freaked out… I kind of threw him off me, and I ran home.” Feldman also said he had recently reported the incident to police.
It remains to be seen what will come of Feldman’s allegations. The LAPD dropped one case on November 10, saying that the statute of limitations had run out. Feldman, though, has claimed that he plans to name six names in all. He has also said he believes people are trying to kill him for speaking out.
Yet though Corey Feldman’s Twitter is full of supporters, his crowdfunding campaign has still only raised 2 percent of the stated goal. Perhaps he will name other abusers or perhaps he will not, but one thing is certain: his life has been difficult, and he needs to find some peace.