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Elijah Wood: Pedophilia is rampant in Hollywood.

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Elijah Wood has chosen an interesting career for himself, having gone from cherub-like child star to anchoring Lord of the Rings to, today, preferring low-flying indie flicks. He’s seen Hollywood from almost every perspective, and in an interview with Sunday Timeshe reveals that what he’s seen is not pretty. In short, Wood is speaking out against what he seems to think is a pandemic of pedophilia in Hollywood.

“Clearly something major was going on in Hollywood,” Wood says. “It was all organized. There are a lot of vipers in this industry, people who only have their own interests in mind. 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.”

Wood says his mother protected him from abuse when he was young and that he “never went to parties where that kind of thing was going on.” But he’s 35 today, and he says he doesn’t believe things have changed. “From my reading and research, I’ve been led down dark paths to realize that these things probably still are happening. If you’re innocent — you have very little knowledge of the world, and you want to succeed — people with parasitic interests will see you as their prey.”

Wood isn’t the first actor to suggest Hollywood’s problem with child abuse is vast and unchecked. Back in 2011, Corey Feldman said that “The No. 1 problem in Hollywood was and is — and always will be —pedophilia.” There’s even a whole documentary on it called An Open Secret. It was directed by Oscar-nominated Amy Berg, but it has struggled to find distribution for some reason.

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