Former child star Corey Feldman has cancelled his Ready Room performance scheduled for Monday, posting a video in which he explains that someone tried to kill him earlier this week — and that he now fears for his life.
In the video, posted to YouTube Wednesday, Feldman explains that his life has been turned upside-down ever since he announced a plan to bring to light the culture of pedophilia he believes is lurking in some Hollywood circles.
Feldman has long maintained that the entertainment industry has child predators in its ranks, including at the upper echelons of power. He says he and fellow child star Corey Haim were both abused when they were very young; he has also said that the experience directly led to Haim's substance abuse problems and subsequent death at the age of 38.
In the light of Hollywood power-player Harvey Weinstein's very public fall from grace amid charges of sexual assault against dozens of actresses and other women, Feldman has spoken out with a renewed sense of urgency.
Now, he says, he fears people are trying to silence him.
"I told everybody a few days ago that I had a plan to try and hopefully bring to light what is happening in the world of entertainment as far as perverts and pedophiles and all the topics of what we've been discussing," Feldman says in the video. "Ever since I even discussed the fact that I have this plan, my life has turned into utter chaos."
Feldman, who has been outspoken for decades about this issue without naming names, says he's "been silenced [his] whole life" — but that now that he has discussed identifying specific abusers in the industry, things have taken a more sinister turn.
"I had a near-death experience last night where I felt like I was almost going to be killed," Feldman says in the video. "Two trucks came speeding at me on a crosswalk. And then several of my band members decided to quit because they're afraid for their lives. I don't know what got into their heads; I don't know what they're afraid of all the sudden — but they just left."
Feldman says he needs a security detail and a legal team going forward. He has launched an Indiegogo campaign — "Corey Feldman's TRUTH campaign" — that aims to raise money for those costs, as well as those necessary to create a self-distributed film outing the abusers in the industry. The project has raised $137,983 of its $10 million goal, with two months left to go.
“I believe we can… bring down, potentially, a pedophile ring that I have been aware of since I was a child," Feldman says. "Right off the bat I can name six names — one of them who is still very powerful today — in a story that leads all the way up to a studio. It connects pedophilia to one of the major studios.”
Feldman also has plans in place for those people's names to immediately be released should anything happen to him — a dead man's switch, if you will. His wife, Courtney, writes on the campaign's page that he has written down the names and details of the events he experienced and given them to "a trusted person of power."
Meanwhile, Feldman, now lacking band members, has canceled six dates on his current tour, including his St. Louis stop scheduled for Monday. He says his team is "working on a fix" so they can try to salvage the remaining seven dates, from Halloween to early November.
I COULD NEVER HAV PREDICTED THAT SOMETHING I WORKED SO HARD 4 WOULD B DAMAGED SO DEEPLY IT WOULD FORCE ME 2 CANCEL SEVERAL PERFORMANCES! 😥