From The Hollywood Reporter
Spurred by a new spotlight on the intersection of sexual assault and power in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein allegations, Feldman, 46, already has brought in more than $140,000 from over 3,000 backers. He’s been assisted by an emotional YouTube promotional video in which he discusses his wish to finally identify entertainment industry predators while explaining how his public comments on the subject in recent years have hurt his professional and personal life.
Feldman’s would-be whistleblowing isn’t sitting well, however, with Judy Haim. The mother of late actor Corey Haim — Feldman’s starring cast mate in a slew of 1980s films and, according to his 2013 memoir Coreyography, a fellow sex abuse victim during their Hollywood youth — believes it’s a bogus exercise.
“He’s been talking about revealing the names of his and other abusers for seven years, since my son died,” says Judy, who has tangled with Feldman in the past about his contention that Haim, who died in 2010 at 38 of pneumonia, was repeatedly abused as a child by multiple individuals. (She’s convinced that a molestation incident involving her son occurred on a single occasion, at the hands of one man.) “Now he wants $10 million 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.”
She adds that her understanding of the overall situation, gleaned over time, is that there is no all-powerful pedophilic ring at the studio level to uncover, despite Feldman’s hype, but likely rather a series of isolated incidents involving much lower-level individuals, often linked to film set relationships. “It’s disrespectful to sexual assault survivors and their loved ones in and out of the industry to get their hopes up about uncovering a massive conspiracy, because he will not name names — ever,” Judy adds. “And if these people really are out there, and potentially [still] a danger, why wouldn’t he want to name them right now?”
Judy believes the timing of the IndieGoGo campaign, shortly after a Louisiana drug bust Feldman has described as a “shakedown” and the accompanying breakup of his band a week ago, should be clear clues as to his motivation. “I don’t understand how the press that’s now giving him all of this attention isn’t getting it,” she says. “It’s all a distraction.”
Samantha Waranch, Feldman’s publicist, counters that the campaign is moving forward now in response to a groundswell of grassroots interest from her client’s supporters, and that the financial goal of the project will allow it to retain necessary editorial and distribution independence. She also underscores Feldman’s adamant belief that his recent arrest was potentially part of a plot to silence his outspokenness – “they were trying to keep him from talking or ruin his credibility, and he knows that many of his fans think that too" — and notes that a portion of the money raised will go toward protecting him during what he sees as a troubled time of prospective truth-telling.
“He legitimately fears for his life,” she says. “He has armed security with him right now.”
Feldman fired back on Saturday morning, sending several tweets, calling Haim a "bad woman who vehemently protects evil."