Sometimes Jezebel can be useful. Here’s a post from late 2011 about agent and pervert Martin Weiss, who was arrested after an 18 year old actor came forward and accused Weiss of molesting him when the actor was a minor. I won’t post the details, but read the list of movies and shows the Jezebel author mentions if you want to get just a little sick:
Weiss stopped managing the victim when he was 15, but he’s worked with many other children since he started his business in the mid-1990s. He’s placed children in roles on shows like iCarly, Criminal Minds, and Parenthood, and movies including Jack and Jill and The Muppets Movie. Several weeks ago the victim became more and more worried that Weiss had abused other children, particularly because he knew other boys had spent the night at his house. On November 15, the young man confronted Weiss at his apartment and taped their conversation. Police say in the recording Weiss admits he had sex with the victim, but says it wasn’t abuse.
Being California, when Weiss eventually pleaded no contest, he was given a year in jail and sentenced to treatment, because every criminal nowadays is just a misunderstood victim. Especially if the criminal has money.
It’s becoming increasingly difficult to stomach the idea of consuming Hollywood entertainment. At this point I hope that the whole industry is destroyed.
Related: I’m probably going to stop doing Rule 5 posts. I’m not being holier-than-thou, it’s just that after the last few days it doesn’t seem fun anymore. Years ago I knew a few people in the porn industry, and I thought that that business was uniquely creepy. Now it’s becoming clear that this is how entertainment as a whole has been operating for a long time.
Perhaps something decent will come from the ashes.
I was reading some comments over at Breitbart on the Harvey Weinstein meltdown, and Corey Feldman’s name came up. People know that Harvey Weinstein is the tip of the pervert iceberg in Hollywood, and many of us have been reminded of the allegations that Feldman has made:
They were passing us back and forth to each other. [Alison Arngrim] from Little House on the Prairie said [in an interview], “Everybody knew that the two Coreys were just being passed around.” Like it was something people joked about on studio lots. We’re not talking about huge executives and directors that I am aware of that were involved in this. The people that I knew doing it were publicists, they were photographers for teen magazines, things like that.
Horrific stuff, to be sure, and that’s excluding the even more gruesome stuff at the link.
Here’s my problem:
[U]nfortunately California conveniently enough has a statute of limitations that prevents that from happening. Because if I were to go and mention anybody’s name I would be the one that would be in legal problems and I’m the one that would be sued. We should be talking to the district attorneys and the lawmakers in California, especially because this is where the entertainment industry is and this is a place where adults have more direct and inappropriate connection with children than probably anywhere else in the world.
We’ve been hearing for some time about how Feldman is just itching to come forward and name names, but dammit, he just can’t because of that pesky statute of limitations.
Aside from NBC, the networks would love to get the exclusive interview on this. He could have told The Hollywood Reporter last year. He could talk to the LA Times. Hell, I would talk to him and post the damn thing unedited. At this point, what could the people who molested him do? Sue him?
Obviously, everyone in Hollywood who works with kids isn’t a damn pedophile, so it’s hardly enough to just issue a blanket condemnation on the whole industry, especially if, as Feldman says, one of his abusers is still working. That means, if the story is true, that there’s an abuser working with children right now, and Feldman knows who it is. Right now. But statute of limitations, you know.
Feldman has the chance to be a far bigger hero than any of the aging starlets who suddenly regret blowing Harvey Weinstein. Unfortunately, unless someone, whether or not his name is Corey Feldman, decides to come forward and take the risk, I can’t really conclude that this smoke has a fire.