Corey Feldman says rejection of child abuse documentary left him with PTSD


Corey Feldman says the rejection of his self-financed documentary (My) truth: the rape of 2 Coreysin which he shared allegations that the abuse he and his late friend, Corey Haim experienced as children left him with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Released in 2020, (My) truth: the rape of the 2 Coreys documents the sexual abuse Feldman and Haim allegedly suffered as child actors in the 1980s. Then known as “The Two Coreys”, the actors starred in films including The Goonies, Stand by Me, The lost boys, Driver’s license AND Dream a little dream.

Feldman publicly named Jon Grissom, Alphy Hoffman and Marty Weiss as his alleged abusers in 2017. In the documentary, Feldman claimed that Haim told him he was sexually assaulted by Charlie Sheen while they were making the film. Luca in 1986, when Haim was 13 and Sheen was 19.


In a statement provided to Entertainment WeeklySheen denied the allegations and said, “These sick, twisted, outlandish allegations never happened. Period.”

Corey Feldman is pictured during a radio appearance in New York City, February 19, 2020. The actor said the rejection of his child abuse documentary left him with PTSD.Jason Mendez/Getty Images

Haim died in March 2010, after contracting pneumonia. It was suspected at the time that Haim died of complications from drug use, as he had struggled with drug addiction since he was a teenager.

During an interview with stylist Mel Ottenberg for Interview magazine, Feldman spoke about the lukewarm reception his film received and how it affected him.

When asked how he treats naysayers on TikTok and Instagram, Feldman said, “I used to let it affect me really deeply, but at this point I’m elephant skin. After what I’ve been through with the documentary, watching the whole thing is been torn apart and stolen from me after I spent so much time and energy and money, all my resources – to see it ignored and then have all this negative backlash and gaslighting, it was a really dark time causing more PTSD and the trauma in my life versus the actual abuse I experienced as a child.”

Feldman said he leaned into therapy and focused on making music to help himself through the trauma.

“There came a point where it was like I had to go back to trauma therapy, and I hadn’t been in therapy for 15, 20 years,” she said. “I had to dive deep into my spirituality and say, ‘I’m not going to pay attention to the negative anymore. I need my happiness, I need my spirituality, I need my peace. And the only one who will give that to me is God.’

“I’m a huge believer in it and don’t think I could have survived in any way if I kept it up. Instead, I’m focusing on the positive things in my life: my family, my spirituality, my new album, my box set, and this new documentary about my music career”.

(LR) Corey Feldman and Corey Haim are pictured September 9, 1989. Feldman said he was abused as a child. Haim died in 2010.Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic/Getty Images

In 2013, reporter Barbara Walters accused Feldman of “hurting an entire industry” with her abuse allegations when she made an appearance on ABC The sight while promoting his memoir, Choreography.

“I’m saying there are people who have done this to both me and Corey [Haim] they’re still working, they’re still out there. They are some of the richest and most powerful people in this industry,” Feldman explained. And they don’t want me to say what I’m saying right now.

Feldman and Haim had said they were “passed around as pedophiles,” adding, “They’ve had these parties where you walk in and there’d be mostly kids and there’d be a handful of grown men. They’d also be at movie awards and film functions.” children’s charity”.

“Are you saying they are paedophiles?” Walters, who died in December 2022, she asked. “And who are still in this business?” Feldman confirmed that yes, that’s what he was stating.

“And that’s what you’re saying in your book,” The sight co-host Sherri Shepherd chimed in. “When you talk to parents, Corey, there are a lot of parents out there who want to get their kids into this business. Would you tell a parent that they have the best of intentions to come here with their child? If you’re saying there are a lot predators in this area”.

“It’s a many-feathered bird,” Feldman replied. “Be careful what you wish for. This is what I’m going to tell you. Don’t go in naively, don’t go in thinking it’s all roses and sunglasses…”

“You’re hurting an entire industry,” Walters interjected. Feldman apologized to Walters, adding that he wasn’t trying. “I’m trying to say it’s a very important and serious topic,” he stressed.


In a statement sent to Newsweek in 2020, Feldman commented on his 2013 exchange with Walters and the concept of victim shaming.

“The wanton display of carelessness and inconsiderateness to the weight and importance of what I was trying to convey showed a particular insensitivity to the notion that anyone in Hollywood could be doing something wrong,” Feldman said. “Even worse, the notion that even if they were, I should just endure personal pain and keep my mouth shut, because that’s what’s most convenient for others. It’s shocking that just a few years ago, this was completely acceptable in the media . “

He continued: “Thanks to the #Kids2 movement and the #Metoo movement, fortunately many people have started to realize that silencing a victim or shaming a victim is no longer acceptable, especially when it comes to children. That’s why I created My truth documentary, so that people can get a better understanding”.

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