Corey Feldman was one of the biggest child stars of the 1980s, appearing as the wise-cracking, witty comic relief in films like Gremlins(1984), The Goonies (1985) and Stand By Me(1986). But behind the scenes, Feldman’s life didn’t match what fans saw on the screen. At 15, he was emancipated from his parents. He fought a very public battle with drug addiction. And, as he has spoken about more and more in recent years, he says he was molested as a child by several powerful figures in Hollywood.
Earlier this month, Feldman appeared on The Dr. Oz Show to accuse actor John Grissom of abusing him. On Monday, he returned to the show to name another alleged abuser: Alphy Hoffman, the owner of a children’s club. Feldman has also talked more about the abuse his friend and The Lost Boys (1987) costar Corey Haim suffered when he was a child star. (In 2010, the 38-year-old Haim died suddenly of apparent natural causes.)
Newsweek spoke to Feldman about publicly naming the men he says molested him and Haim, becoming a vocal advocate for victims of abuse and his plans to crowdfund a documentary about pedophilia in Hollywood.
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