The True Hollywood Horror Story

by Diane Dimond on September 14, 2015

 ~ It is the movie Hollywood doesn’t want you to see ~

Hollywood Ring Preys on Young Actors

Hollywood Ring Preys on Young Actors

This is not your typical Hollywood film. It’s a documentary called “An Open Secret” and it pulls the ugly scab off Hollywood to reveal what has happened to some vulnerable young boys who have tried to break in to the entertainment industry.

I got a special screening and I hope throngs of people go to see it.

The “secret” referenced in the title is how so many of these youngsters have so easily fallen prey to pedophilic agents, acting coaches, photographers and public relations people.

Convicted Pedophile: Marc Collins Rector

Convicted Pedophile: Marc Collins Rector

These “entertainment professionals” haunt Hollywood and stalk unsuspecting children, grooming them into thinking their way is normal, just the way business is done. In the process, of course, parents are also manipulated into thinking everything is fine.

You’ll recognize some of the former child actors featured in this riveting and raw documentary who publicly say they were sexually molested.

Todd Bridges, from the 70-80’s sitcom, Diff’rent Strokes, is seen discussing a 2-part special the writers once produced to highlight the problem of pedophilia.

Todd Bridges: Then and Now

Todd Bridges: Then and Now

With a pained expression Bridges says, “I didn’t want to be around it. I ask them, ‘Don’t write me in to this…write me out of most of this.” When Bridges’s wish was not granted he was heartsick.

“I, myself, had gone through that and watching it happen on the show — it was like … reliving the whole thing all over again.” Bridges was molested by his public relations person.

Child star Corey Feldman, whose hit movies include Gremlins, Stand by Me and The Goonies, also appears to say Hollywood predators ruined his life – propelling him into addiction and failed marriages.

Child Actor Corey Feldman

Child Actor Corey Feldman

“I can tell you that the number one problem in Hollywood was and is and always will be pedophilia,” Feldman says.

“I was surrounded by them. They were everywhere. Like vultures.” Feldman’s frequent co-star, the late Corey Haim, was also a sexual abuse victim. The pair openly discussed it on their A & E reality show, “The Two Coreys.”

Anne Henry, with a group called Biz Parentz and the mother of child actors reveals how she came to realize that some of Hollywood’s top professionals were selling the headshots of young actors on the internet.

The Two Coreys - Feldman and Haim

The Two Coreys – Feldman and Haim

Non-sexual PR photos of young girls, but mostly boys, that, inexplicably sold for more than $800 each. Tracking down the photographers led to an ugly circle of Hollywood insiders, some of whom have now been convicted on charges of child pornography, committing lewd acts upon a child and other sexual crimes.

In one case, a man convicted of sexually abusing a Nickelodeon child actor is now out of prison and back working in the entertainment industry, including jobs on a Disney show and a horror movie set in a high school.

Marty Weiss (R), Manager Convicted of Child Sex Abuse

Marty Weiss (R), Manager Convicted of Child Sex Abuse

Besides the celebrity stories, the sad tales of several less recognizable Hollywood hopefuls are told. Each adult man tells how, as children, they found themselves surrounded by the industry’s sexual predators. One always looked much younger than his years, another was an opera lover cast in several movies and a young man named Evan who displayed amazing singing talent.

He signed with an agent at age 11 and the sexual seduction soon followed. Years later Evan bravely tape recorded his abuser discussing their sex acts and the man, Marty Weiss, was convicted.

I’ve expressed hope that throngs go to see this documentary but, not surprisingly, the producers have had a difficult time getting movie theaters to agree to show it. Are movie house operators afraid of offending Hollywood executives?

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Headshot of Child Actor Who, As Adult, Is Now Suing

The union representing actors (SAG-AFTRA) has threatened to sue Amy Berg, the director of the film since its former Young Performers Committee chairperson is featured in an unflattering – even pedophilic — light.  And now, because the director has refused to help promote the film (maybe for fear of Hollywood retribution?)  the producers have taken her to arbitration.

All of this, of course, dilutes the core message of “An Open Secret” and that is a shame. Child sexual abuse can happen anywhere, anytime.

Note that you haven’t heard a peep from studio executives, big talent agencies or entertainment unions about steps they’ve taken to protect young actors against sexual predators.

Feldman: Abuse of Young Actors Still On-Going

Feldman: Abuse of Young Actors Still On-Going

Yet in the words of victim Corey Feldman, “There are people who did this to me … who are still out there, still working and they are some of the richest, most powerful people in this business.”

Remember that next time you watch a movie featuring children. I know I’ll never look at those films the same way again.

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Diane Dimond September 14, 2015 at 4:27 pm

Facebook Friend Gigi Vitello Pool writes:

“Sad but true and heartbreaking !”

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Diane Dimond September 14, 2015 at 4:27 pm

Facebook Friend Daniel B. Morgan writes:

“Remember ‘Fatty Arbucekle……………'”

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Diane Dimond September 14, 2015 at 4:29 pm

Yes, Daniel.
As I recall Arbuckle was in to very young girls. What’s that old saying?
“The more things change the more they stay the same?” Shame, eh?

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Diane Dimond September 14, 2015 at 4:29 pm

Facebook Friend (and retired prison warden) Ralph V. Logan

“Wow!”

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Diane Dimond September 14, 2015 at 4:31 pm

Facebook Friend (and author of a book on Michael Jackson) Stacy Brown writes:

“Wow! I know this isn’t about you-know-who but Corey Feldman, mentioned in the piece, had been very close with MJ for years and remained close with Joseph Jackson and his friend Majestic Magnificent. In fact, I met Corey through them and spent time with Corey. Corey alleged that MJ molested him and, after enormous pressure from Joe, Majestic and Katherine, he recanted.”

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Diane Dimond September 14, 2015 at 4:32 pm

Facebook Friend Louise Palanker writes:

“That is chilling, Stacy Brown. I read Corey’s book. It reveals a lot but maybe not as much as it should.”

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Diane Dimond September 14, 2015 at 4:32 pm

Facebook Friend Stacy Brown replies:

“Yes, what was interesting was that when he made the allegations, I remember so vividly. He had come to a hotel in Woodland Hills, Calif. Some in the Jackson family were there filming interviews and doing some charity work for a nonprofit called “Wave to the World.” I remember how Joseph and Majestic and then Katherine were all in Corey’s face telling him how disappointed they were and that he has to tell the media that he misspoke.”

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Diane Dimond September 14, 2015 at 4:33 pm

Facebook Friend Louise Palanker replies:

“Louise Palanker Stacy Brown I believe that they ran interference often. And Corey had so much of his sense of self wrapped up in MJ.”

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Jeanne Tutt September 14, 2015 at 4:52 pm

i still don’t believe any allegations against MJ. He was found not guilty and to continue to run his reputation in the mud after he’s dead and can’t defend himself is unfair especially to his children. His father stole his childhood from him which is why he always acted like a kid, wanted them around, and created the neverland ranch. We’re he alive today I think a lot of what is going on across the U.S. wouldn’t be as he was always about peace, love, and it not mattering who you were.

As far as this movie, I hope it comes out for the public to see. I recall the one mentioned here as well as a few others. It’s a shame! Kids should be allowed to grow up and act if they want without those fears! My 5 nieces are growing up in a completely different world than I did and I feel so sad for them!

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mike p September 15, 2015 at 5:15 pm

Hi Diane,
Thankyou for writing about this very important film. I have been writing posts about this documentary even before it’s release. Part of this movie focuses on the Digital Entertainment Network and a victim named Michael Egan whom accused Brian Singer among others. Mr. Egan wad offered a 100k settlement which he declined. However the story that was missed is that Brian Singer reportedly settled with 5 other accusers for 20 million. Both sides seem not willing to talk

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Diane Dimond September 15, 2015 at 7:18 pm

Twitter pal SurelySmMistake writes:

“@DiDimond Long-known iceberg-tip: Polanski casting-couch power abuse. Pushy parent blind-eyed; cf ‘Doubt’ (2008)”

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Diane Dimond September 15, 2015 at 7:19 pm

Twitter Pal waderobsonallys

“@DiDimond the bigger story is that Bryan Singer settled with 5 other accusers whom Jeff @JeffHerman represented for a reported 20 million.”

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Diane Dimond September 15, 2015 at 7:22 pm

Twitter Pal KillersLie writes:

“@DiDimond @courtchatter I’m surprised Hollywood doesn’t give them an award! :\ – Woody Allen Roman Palanski”

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