Corey Feldman's audio files that name alleged sexual predators have been uncovered
In the weeks that followed the initial expose of Harvey Weinstein, Corey Feldman was one of the most prominent names to step forward with accusations against Hollywood abusers. Compared with other allegations, Feldman's were arguably amongst the most worrying, as they incriminated powerful film and TV personalities with not just assault, but pedophilia.
He first made headlines in the wake of the initial scandal when he publicly accused Charlie Sheen of engaging in "sexual activity" with Feldman's friend, Corey Haim, who was just 13 years old at the time. Many people took Feldman's claims to be bogus but, in an effort to fundraise a documentary about his experiences, Feldman promised to expose another abuser in order to gain people's support.
So, on the Dr. Oz show last month, Feldman directly accused Alphy Hoffman, the former owner of an underage club, of sexual assault. Again, people had their doubts.
However, since Feldman's case against various personalities has gained traction, some digging was done into past accusations made by the former child actor. As a result, some old audio recordings of Feldman's allegations were uncovered, and are being handed over to the LAPD for further investigation.
In a statement to People Magazine, public information officer Kelly Hoover reported that:
"Following the recent inquiries into the Sheriff’s Office interview of Mr. Feldman in 1993, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office conducted an additional review for any stored items remaining from the Michael Jackson investigation.
"In a container which included the original reports from the investigation, the Sheriff’s Office located some detective working copies of audio recordings made during the investigation. A copy of Mr. Feldman’s interview was located. The recording is being turned over to the Los Angeles Police Department."
Feldman had actually filed a report with the LAPD at the beginning of last month, but it was dropped. According to a media spokesperson: “We did investigate it but it’s out of [the statute of limitations] so we can no longer prosecute the case.”
This was said in spite of the fact that Feldman insists his abusers are still out there, and could pose a danger to other young people in the film industry.
“There are people that did this to me and Corey that are still working, they’re still out there, and they’re some of the most rich and powerful people in this business. And they do not want what I’m saying right now. They want me dead,” he said in an interview about his book, Coreyography, which provides more detail on his childhood and the abuse that he and Haim suffered.
At this point in time, the information on those tapes cannot be disclosed to the public because it directly pertains to the assault of a minor. According to Hoover, “Due to the fact that this case involves the alleged sexual abuse of a child, we are unable to comment further and any documentation or evidence related to this case is exempt from release.”
However, Feldman himself has claimed that he also has a copy of the tapes, and seems to be implying on Twitter that he could release them himself.
If the details of abusers are divulged, it could be a major break in the case against all sexual abusers implicated in the recent months, as it would prove that significant action can still be taken long after the crimes were committed. However, it appears that the decision to do so is all Feldman's now - and he hasn't revealed disclosed any more names just yet.