Disturbing video of Demi Moore with a child has surfaced online
Since The New York Times published their damning exposé on the disgraced film mogul, Harvey Weinstein, other figures of authority and influence have been dropping like flies. Certainly, Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K, Brett Ratner, Terry Richardson and actor Ed Westwick are just a few of the household names who have been hit with allegations of sexual harassment and assault.
But whilst it's easy to get caught up in a narrative that presupposes that "only" men are capable of such misconduct, we mustn't forget that women can also commit acts of sexual harassment. In fact, disturbing footage has re-emerged of Demi Moore "sexually abusing" a young boy at a Hollywood party back in 1982.
The video, from Entertainment Tonight, shows a 19-year-old Moore repeatedly kissing a teenage boy at his 15th birthday party. While the video has been available on the internet for some time, it has recently re-surfaced in light of the sexual assault scandals which have rocked Hollywood in recent months.
In the video that was shot in 1982, Moore states that she "loves" the young boy, Philip Tanzini - her co-star in the television soap, General Hospital. She then kisses him passionately on the mouth. "I love him dearly. He’s one of my most favourite people… I love Philip and he’s the only one I love," she tells the camera, before continuing:
"He really is truly terrific. He is, and I love him because he keeps me happy."
Philip then speaks to the camera, saying that they plan to get married, and implores Entertainment Tonight not to tell Demi's then husband, Freddie Moore, who she married when she was 17.
Watch the video below:
Naturally, the internet had quite a reaction to the clip, with some YouTube users denouncing Moore's actions, while others believing it to be a bit of innocuous "fun".
One commenter wrote:
"So let’s get this straight; We have an epidemic of old celebrities here in Britain being called pedophiles and rapists for touching 15 year old girls 30+ years ago, and some are now facing jail and being placed on the sex offender’s register.
We have Bill Cosby, targetted by women after a quick buck and being defamed and villified as a rapist. And then here we have actual video evidence of Demi Moore being “indecent” with a 15 year old boy, and people are calling him lucky?!
If a 19 year old boy were to snog a 15 year old girl he’d have the f*cking book thrown at him, the parents would cry murder and the feminists would have a field day."
And another user added, "Isn't it funny how an older woman can kiss a younger boy and that's ok....but if an older guy kisses a younger girl, he's a child molester? Wtf"
However, other people didn't appear to have a problem with Demi's actions, and actually praised the young boy for having such an opportunity. "Oh come on! she’s no pedophile what nonsense is that? It’s the kid’s birthday, he’s happy , she’s a little tipsy and who at the ripe age of 15 isn’t attracted to older women?" One user insisted.
The clip has recently made the rounds on social media following accusations made by former child actor Corey Feldman about pedophilia in the film industry. 46-year-old Feldman has purportedly complied a list of high-ranking Hollywood officials who he claims abused him, as well as fellow child actors, including the late Corey Haim.
In related news, Bryan Cranston slams Kevin Spacey over sexual assault allegations.