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Actor Sean Astin Defends Corey Feldman’s Sexual Abuse Claims

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Actor Sean Astin of ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Rudy’ fame is supporting his old friend Corey Feldman’s goal of making a film that would expose a widespread pedophilia ring in Hollywood. And it looks like he’s doing it for all the right reasons. I have long been a fan of Astin’s. He has always struck me as not only extremely intelligent, but innocent in an endearing way that you don’t see often. That’s very rare for an adult and even rarer for someone who has been through the Hollywood mill.

Corey Feldman has brought forth once again his accusations against powerful men in Hollywood that have abused him and his late friend, Corey Hamim. Recently, Corey named two of the men who abused him personally and alluded to at least one that abused Haim. The tabloids are saying that guy is Charlie Sheen, who is denying it hotly. Feldman needs to raise $10 million for the film, which will showcase Hollywood and its pedophiles. It will be based on his life and Corey Haim’s.

Astin did an interview on SiriusXM’s “Jim and Sam Show,” where he stated that, “Corey’s my friend, I’ve been talking to him a lot lately. There’s a lot of issues to separate out, with that,” he said, in reference to the multi-million film project. “First and foremost, is, he was abused as a child and that gives him an awful lot of room to express himself and develop himself,” said Astin. “He’s got his whole rationale, and he’s been in so many interview lately, and he should speak for himself about how and why and who he talks about things. But I think it’s unfolding well.”

“I think he’s legitimately opened himself up for criticism because of the overlap between personal gain and a crusade to help other people, but at the same time a lot of the people who support him, don’t care. They want to see what he does, they want to see if he can actually help people,” said Astin. Both Sean Astin and Corey Feldman starred in ‘The Goonies’ years ago and are still talking about doing a sequel.

The Hollywood film is ostensibly part of Feldman’s long-running efforts to deal with abuse. “He’s been on this thing for his whole life, since he was 14 or 15 he’s been pursuing this … catharsis for himself and this sense of need for justice and wanting to help other people, and everything else. Watching him on the set of ‘The Goonies’ and the lack of parental care for him was horrifying,” Astin said. I can’t help but feel for Feldman. His life has been so trashed by pervs and people wanting to take advantage of him. He’s been speaking out on it for years and has been ignored, made fun of and chastised by those such as Barbara Walters for wanting to expose the filth in Hollywood.

“And we all loved and cared about him, but there’s like only so much you can do. … He was strong-willed and had a lot of energy and was doing things, and I don’t know that in that certain moment, you can go, ‘Hey Corey, I want to talk to you about the lack of parental supervision you have and how that’s going to affect your life’,” stated Astin.

This whole subject goes far deeper than Corey’s story and Astin wants to emphasize that. “Hopefully, this doesn’t play out as a personal tabloid story,” Astin said. “The fact is, real people all over the country are starting to have a conversation, and it can be very distracting if it distills down into some kind of typical (story). My only concern is (it) won’t actually develop into the complex conversation that needs to happen. And if it doesn’t, and it becomes about quickly pointing fingers and making accusations and the obvious stuff, I think it will be a missed opportunity.”

Sean Astin put out a statement this week on Feldman’s allegations, he said that Corey “has my support, not my blind support, but my reasoned, careful support.” Those are the words of a good friend, but also an ethical person. “I’m writing this because my friend was abused,” he said. “And now, because of the watershed revelations and cascade of predators being forced into the light, Corey’s mission has been activated. There must be a fighting ground that doesn’t overwhelm people’s lives, but allows them to contribute to healing, prevention and progress appropriate to their experience. If you all don’t allow that to happen, people just won’t talk.”

“I’ve been communicating regularly with my friend and I’ve been rooting for him and dreading that he will suffer more in some way as a function of following his dream, pursuing his truth and staying focused on the mission he believes he was put on this earth to accomplish,” Astin said. This can change everything if approached and handled right and Astin knows that. “If he knows of specific people and can leverage some legal position to stop evil from happening, God Bless him,” Astin added. “I’m proud of Corey.” We should all be blessed with a friend like Sean Astin.

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