There has been another twist in the unfolding Hollywood sex abuse scandal after Goonies actor Corey Feldman revealed he has found audio from the explosive interview he gave to police in 1993, where he names the paedophiles who abused him.
More importantly, Feldman is now threatening to post the recording online, in a move that has prompted widespread shock among fans.
The Goonies actor first claimed the recording existed during an interview last October, telling Matt Lauer on the Today show the he “gave them [the police] names. They’re on record. They have all this information”.
In the immediate aftermath of those comments, however, the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office involved in the case claimed the recordings simpy did not exist.
They have since gone back on those claims, however, to reveal that they had managed to locate a recording of the 1993 interview, which was conducted in connection to the molestation charges the late singer Michael Jackson was facing at the time.
“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,” Sheriff’s Office spokesman Kelly Hoover said in a statement.
“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. 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.”
Despite revealing the existence of the recording, the County Sheriff’s office and LAPD have both so far failed to comment on whether the newly-diiscovered audio will result in the case being reopened.
Feldman could take the law into his own hands, however, after revealing on Twitter that he has also uncovered a copy of the recording and is planning to release it to the public.
SO NOW THE POLICE R SAYING THEY HAV A COPY OF MY 93 INTERVIEW, BUT THEY CANT RELEASE IT! WELL GUESS WHAT….SO DO I! I WAS RUMMAGING THRU MY GARAGE & CAME UPON THE OLD CASSETTE COPY THE SBPD MADE 4 ME! I HAD NEVER RELEASED IT, BUT NOW I WILL! MAYBE THERES STILL HOPE….
— Corey Feldman (@Corey_Feldman) December 6, 2017
“SO NOW THE POLICE R SAYING THEY HAV A COPY OF MY 93 INTERVIEW, BUT THEY CANT RELEASE IT! WELL GUESS WHAT….SO DO I! I WAS RUMMAGING THRU MY GARAGE & CAME UPON THE OLD CASSETTE COPY THE SBPD MADE 4 ME! I HAD NEVER RELEASED IT, BUT NOW I WILL! MAYBE THERES STILL HOPE….” he tweeted.
Some followers are now concerned that Feldman could be in danger, should the tapes reference anyone in positions of power.
Feldman has long campaigned for justice against his abusers and previously named Jon Grissom as one of his alleged attackers.
He has also claimed in the past that his late friend and co-star, Corey Haim, was the victim of similar abuse prior to his death following a series of battles with drug addiction.
Feldman is in the process of trying to raise $10 million through crowd-funding to finance a movie about sexual misconduct in the film industry.
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