KUALA LUMPUR: Veteran actor Corey Feldman has been vocal about the alleged abuse he suffered as a child star and has revealed that his late friend and fellow child actor Corey Haim made him "promise" that he would expose the truth of what happened to them.
Asia One reported yesterday that The Goonies actor said: "The biggest problem in Hollywood is pedophilia.
"Corey Haim made me promise before he died that I would get the truth out."
Rob Reiner, who directed Feldman in Stand By Me was previously asked if it was a "50/50" chance that child stars would get out OK.
He said: "I don't know if it's reflective of child actors exactly, but more about whether child actors have enough of a familial foundation to withstand the difficulties."
As a response to the director's comments, Feldman added: "I think that's a nice excuse. I love Rob, but he's off base. What happened to Corey Haim on the set of Lucas was, yes, of course, because his parents were negligent. But there were bad actors on the set who shouldn't have been there and have been protected since."
Feldman is hoping to get more support from Hollywood — like the Time's Up movement has.
Feldman, 49, became well known during the 1980s, with roles in films such as Gremlins (1984), The Goonies (1985) and Stand By Me (1986).
In 1987, Feldman starred in the horror comedy film The Lost Boys with Haim and they became known as The Two Coreys.
Feldman and Haim went on to appear in License To Drive (1988) and Dream A Little Dream (1989).
In 2017, Feldman started an Indiegogo campaign to finance a film about his life to expose the secret child sexual abuse that he claimed was common in Hollywood.
In 2018, Feldman spoke in Albany, New York, in support of the Child Victims Act, which lengthened the statute of limitations for civil claims arising out of acts of child sex abuse.
Haim, from Canada, suffered from drug addiction in the later part of his career. He died of pneumonia at the age of 39 on March 10, 2010.