For years, Corey Feldman has been fighting to have his story heard — yet no one wanted to listen. Or perhaps no one wanted to believe him. His allegations against bigwigs in Hollywood, who take advantage of their power and position and use it to abuse child actors, were largely ignored and swept under the rug. He was just known as an actor famous for movies he did in the ’80s, so it was easy to dismiss him so handily. But in the wake of all the sexual misconduct allegations exploding in the entertainment industry, it seems people are ready to listen to what Corey has to say. And now he might have the proof he’s been waiting for. Feldman might be on the verge of having his day, now that audio from 1993 of the actor naming his alleged sexual predators has reportedly been found.
Feldman has long insisted he turned over a recording listing those who molested him and his late friend Corey Haim to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, which they denied. But authorities are now saying they’ve found the tapes.
“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,” public information officer Kelly Hoover said in a statement. “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.”
She added: “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 was on The Dr. Oz Show in November, where he said he told police he was sexually assaulted in 1993. At the time, Feldman filed a report alleging sexual assault with the Los Angeles Police Department, who launched an investigation. Shortly after, the investigation was dropped due to an expiration in the statute of limitations.
Feldman, who has been trying to raise $10 million to make a movie exposing sexual abuse within the entertainment industry, kept quiet for years but recently named names, alleging that actor Jon Grissom and former child talent manager/convicted sex offender Martin Weiss both molested him when he was younger.
The discovery of the tapes is just another horrible thing to add to pile of sexual assault/harassment claims. But this is the one that stands out for many. Feldman was always vocal about his accusations (albeit, to a point, for fear of retaliation). If people had listened to him when he first started talking, would anything have changed? Sadly, probably not. However bittersweet, this might be the vindication needed — for himself and for Haim.