Corey Feldman has launched a crowdfunding campaign with a goal of raising $10 million, which he feels will be able to buy him the appropriate protection to name names and bust open what he claims is a vast, long-running Hollywood pedophile ring made up of powerful Tinseltown players who sexually prey on child actors.
One person who is a bit more than dubious of Feldman’s latest move is Judy Haim, mother of Feldman’s friend and frequent co-star Cory Haim (who died of in 2010 at age 38).
“He’s been talking about revealing the names of his and other abusers for seven years, since my son died,” says Haim in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
“Now he wants $10 million to do it?” she asks incredulously. “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.”
According to THR, Haim is not discounting claims that either her son or Feldman was sexually abused; she remains convinced that her son was molested once by a single individual. She does, however, dispute Feldman’s oft-repeated claims about a shadowy, all-powerful pedophile ring, believing these were isolated incidents perpetrated by individuals far lower on the Hollywood food chain than the mysterious moguls Feldman references.
“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,” Haim tells THR. “And if these people really are out there, and potentially [still] a danger, why wouldn’t he want to name them right now?”
Haim points to the timing of Feldman’s Indie GoGo campaign (which has already raised more than $150,000), which comes shortly after a Louisiana drug bust that Feldman characterized as a “shakedown” and the subsequent breakup of his band.
“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.”
However, Feldman’s publicist, Samantha Waranch, counters Haim’s claims, insisting that Feldman believes that his recent arrest was potentially part of a plot to silence him as he prepares to come forward. According to Warach, Feldman believes “they were trying to keep him from talking or ruin his credibility, and he knows that many of his fans think that too,” adding the the funds will go toward granting him the security and protection he feels will be needed when he finally blows the whistle and names names.
“He legitimately fears for his life,” Warch tells THR. “He has armed security with him right now.”
Following THR‘s interview with Haim, Feldman took to Twitter to fire back in a series of all-caps tweets, describing the mother of his late friend as a “bad woman who vehemently protects evil.”
“She has been creating distraction and diversions since her son’s death, two shun away the feelings of true guilt she must bare,” he tweeted. “God see all! There is no hiding when judgment day arrives. The truth’s being revealed! The flood gates have opened and nothing can stop it.”