Before we knew him as Frodo Baggins in Peter Jackson's blockbuster Lord of the Rings film trilogy, Elijah Wood was a child actor. In a recent interview with Britain's Sunday Times, Wood spoke out on sexual abuse of young actors in Hollywood, and says "a lot of vipers" roam the upper echelons of the entertainment biz, preying on naïvete and eagerness for fame.
"Clearly something major was going on in Hollywood. It was all organized. There are a lot of vipers in this industry, people who only have their own interests in mind," he told the Times.
"There is darkness in the underbelly. What bums me about these situations is that the victims can't speak as loudly as the people in power. That's the tragedy of attempting to reveal what is happening to innocent people: they can be squashed, but their lives have been irreparably damaged."
"If you're innocent, you have very little knowledge of the world and you want to succeed," he added. "People with parasitic interests will see you as their prey. What upsets me about these situations is that the victims can't speak as loudly as the people in power."
Wood is now 35. As a child, he performed with fellow child star alongside Macaulay Culkin in "The Good Son," and had a part in the "Flipper" remake. He said his mother, Debra, protected him from predators back then, and he "never went to parties where that kind of thing was going on."
Here's a non-paywalled report that quotes extensively from the Times: Elijah Wood Calls Out Hollywood's Pedophile Problem [the daily beast]
The paywalled Sunday Times interview was booked to promote his latest film The Trust, which tells the tale of corrupt cops who plan to steal drug money.
What kind of crazy fiction is that? Cops stealing drug money, how crazy, that would never happen in real life, and definitely not in a story that went viral just today about a police detective who stole a heroin addict's drug money after the young man died.