- The Washington Times - Monday, May 23, 2016

Actor Elijah Wood spoke out over the weekend on Hollywood’s “organized” band of pedophiles and their efforts to “prey” on children entering the industry.

“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,” the “Lord of the Rings” star told the U.K.’s Sunday Times.

Mr. Wood, 35, has worked in Hollywood since the late 1980s. He starred in “The Adventures of Huck Finn” in 1993 and eventually was cast as Frodo in the “Lord of the Rings” blockbuster trilogy.

“There is darkness in the underbelly,” the actor continued. “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.”

Mr. Wood’s allegations give further credence to the claims of actor Corey Feldman, who has said for years that he and fellow actor Corey Haim were both abused during their rise to stardom in the 1980s.

Mr. Feldman’s movies include “The Goonies,” “Gremlins,” “The Lost Boys” and “Stand by Me.”

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