Elijah Wood began his Hollywood career at the age of 8 — and growing up in the industry taught him there "are a lot of vipers" to watch out for.
In an interview with the Sunday Times, the Lord Of The Rings star spoke out on the "organized" child abuse and pedophilia in the entertainment industry.
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Wood compared allegations in America to the Jimmy Savile molestation scandal in the U.K. — when the BBC icon faced dozens of sexual abuse allegations following his death.
The actor said:
"You all grew up with Savile – Jesus, it must have been devastating. 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…There is darkness in the underbelly – if you can imagine it, it's probably happened."
Though he got his start in the film industry at such a young age, the now 35-year-old explained he avoided that darkness thanks to his mother — who was "far more concerned with raising me to be a good human than facilitating my career."
"I never went to parties where that kind of thing was going on. This bizarre industry presents so many paths to temptation. If you don't have some kind of foundation, typically from family, then it will be difficult to deal with."
Thank goodness for that!
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As for if this type of sexual abuse is still a problem in Hollywood, Wood believes such crimes "probably still are happening," adding:
"What upsets me about these situations is that the victims can't speak as loudly as the people in power. There's the tragedy of attempting to reveal what is happening to innocent people…They can be squashed, but their lives have been irreparably damaged."
This is so scary.
We hope conversations like this continue to shed a light on the darker parts of Hollywood and hopefully inspires victims of such abuse to speak out.
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