"And with Corey, you know, you set us in front of a camera and tell us to go and it just happens. ", with Harry Dean Stanton, Jason Robards and Piper Laurie.
that meant everything if you were anywhere near high school age at the time.
And they had each other, the two Coreys by each other's side as they navigated the wild world of Hollywood.
" co-host Barbara Walters asked him at the time."Yes," Feldman insisted. They want me dead.""You're damaging an entire industry [with those allegations]," Walters suggested, to which Feldman replied, "I'm sorry."Feldman continued to speak out on the subject anywhere he could, from on-camera interviews to Twitter—and he also continued to insist there were forces at play that didn't want him to talk.
In May 2016, he told that Corey Haim "had more direct abuse than I did.
"It all started snowballing after that."But their troubles didn't start once they parted ways—rather, they were both already using drugs as a unit, Feldman calling .
I lived in Los Angeles in the '80s, which was not the best place to be.
With me, there were some molestations, and it did come from several hands, so to speak, but with Corey, his was direct rape, whereas mine was not actual rape. My son is 11 now, and I can't even begin to fathom the idea of something like that happening to him.
It would destroy his whole being."Nothing substantial came of it, as tended to be the case.
"It's something that will be addressed in my inner soul for the rest of my life, and it's something that truly affects me, and I opened up a can of worms, so to speak [by bringing it up on ]. An outpouring of tributes highlighting the teen-cutie roles Haim was known for followed, prompting Feldman to wonder in an interview with Larry King, "Where were all these people to lend a handout, to reach out to him and say, 'you're a legend, you're an amazingly talented wonderful person who's never really gone out of his way to hurt anyone, other than himself?
'"In this entertainment industry, in Hollywood, we build people up as children, we put them on pedestals, and then, when we decide they're not marketable anymore, we walk away from them."Ultimately, Feldman said, he hoped his friend would be remembered "as a beautiful, funny, enigmatic character who brought nothing but life and lights and entertainment and art to all of our lives."Haim's movies do live on, but more recently his memory has been inseparable from Feldman's current mission, which, he says, is to expose the people who preyed on young boys such as himself and Haim in Hollywood. He wrote that a lack of adult mentors and close family members in his life led him to surround himself with the wrong people.
"You know, people were calling me Corey Haim, they were calling him Feldman, they were mixing the two names together and it became Feldschmeister.""And then when we took a break, we both fell into our hard times."Their high-profile struggles unwittingly made them poster boys for troubled former child stars.