Hollywood’s Savile scandal: Star of Hobbit films Elijah Wood says Tinseltown is masking a child sex epidemic in its ‘seedy’ underbelly full of predatory ‘vipers’
- Elijah Wood, 35, claims young actors are being abused in Hollywood
- He compares it to the infamous Jimmy Savile scandal in Britain
- Tinseltown is allegedly sheltering around ‘100 active abusers’
Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood claims that Hollywood has its own Jimmy Savile scandal and believes young actors are being sexually abused by predatory ‘vipers’ in the industry.
The Hobbit actor, 35, told The Sunday Times that the child abuse is ‘probably still happening’.
Shocking allegations that top Hollywood figures have been protecting child abusers have circulated widely in recent years.
Several industry figures have been convicted following claims of sex abuse and former child actors – including The Goonies actor Corey Feldman, 44 – claimed he was ‘surrounded’ by molesters when he was a teenager.
Anne Henry, co-founder of Bizparentz – a group to help young actors – said that Tinseltown is currently sheltering around ‘100 active abusers’.
Wood, who stars in his new film The Trust, sympathised with Savile’s victims and said it much have been ‘devastating’.
He told The Sunday Times that his mother had protected him from abuse when he first arrived in Hollywood aged eight.
But he said: ‘I’ve been led down dark paths to realise that these things are probably still happening.’
The actor, who played Frodo Baggins in Lord of the Rings, believes that other actors remain in danger.
He added: ‘If you’re innocent, you have very little knowledge of the world and you want to succeed.
‘People with parasitic interests will see you as their prey. What upsets me about these situations is that the victims can’t speak as loudly as the people in power.’
Henry believes that around three quarters of child actors that ‘went off the rails’ later in their life had been abused in Hollywood.
She said: ‘This problem has been endemic in Hollywood for a long time and it’s finally coming to light.
‘Very bad people are still working here, protected by their friends.’
In the last 10 years, several
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