After asking members of the Hollywood community to come forward with stories of child abuse in the wake of allegations against Harvey Weinstein, former child actor Corey Feldman is starting a "Truth Campaign" to fund a documentary on pedophilia in the entertainment community.
On Wednesday morning, the Stand By Me and Goonies star released a video on YouTube and Indiegogo explaining that he plans to make, produce, and self-distribute a film telling his own story of pedophilia alongside those of others child actors. (Feldman has claimed that he was sexually abused as a child performer, and has spoken out about his now-deceased former co-star Corey Haim's claims that he too was raped as a child actor.) Feldman is soliciting donations to produce and release the film, as well as to pay for security and a legal team to protect his family.
"What I am proposing is a plan that can literally change the entertainment system as we know it," Feldman says in the video. "I believe that I can also bring down, potentially, a pedophile ring that I have been aware of since I was a child. Right off the bat, I can name six names, one of them who is still very powerful today. And a story that links all the way up to a studio. It connects pedophilia to one of the major studios."
So far, Feldman's Indiegogo campaign has raised nearly $25,000 toward its $10 million goal. Feldman's announcement comes five days after talent agency APA fired agent Tyler Graham, who represented 14-year-old Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard, over allegations of sexual abuse. The sexual abuse of children in Hollywood has also been in the headlines since producer Gabe Hoffman responded to the allegations against Weinstein in mid-October by making his documentary An Open Secret available for free online for nine days. (The film concerns the sexual abuse of children in Hollywood.)
"Harvey Weinstein, by the way, is not the only one who has used confidentiality settlements," Hoffman told The Hollywood Reporter. "That's why more of Hollywood's behavior hasn't been exposed. This is the tip of the iceberg."