Hollywood Sex Abuse and Pedophile Rings Are Worse Than We Think

Hollywood's clubby protection racket: Could it have been more than just protection? The coincidence is troubling.

Bryan Singer, best known for directing/producing of some of the X-Men series, is now being sued by a man who said Singer raped him when he was 17, in 2003.

I'll spare you the disgusting details.

To lend credence to the accusation, Singer has been fired as director of "Bohemian Rhapsody," which was filming in London, for excessive absence from the set, forcing the production to shut down last Friday. 20th Century Fox replaced him with Dexter Fletcher. Both men are now credited on iMDB.

Hollywood is a clubby, fetid hive of bad people who protect each other in exchange for access, power and money. This accusation isn't much different than the others that have oozed out now that the dam is broken.

In fact, the pattern sounds pretty familiar. It's eerily similar to another disgraced star, Kevin Spacey, and that's not the only thing Singer and Spacey have in common. They've worked together in some major blockbusters over the years.

Singer was director of both "The Usual Suspects" in 1995, for which Spacey won an Oscar, and also "Superman Returns" in 2006, in which Spacey played Lex Luthor. During those years when both men were likely active in attending parties with younger men and boys, we don't know the telling glances or dropped names. But the coincidence is troubling given the men's history.

We know how child stars are vulnerable, and, as Erick noted, Disney has a problem with kids who grow up dysfunctional, with significant drug and/or emotional problems. We know that Corey Haim succumbed to drug addiction.

We don't have specific reports of boys being passed around at these gatherings where both men attended. But we do have anecdotes from people like Corey Feldman of how men passed boys like Corey Haim around for sex. We know it happened, and continue to happen in Hollywood. We know Singer is deep into a pedophile ring.

We know Singer passed child actor Brock Pierce to child molester and pedophile ring leader Bob Villard. Villard was publicist for major stars like Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire, but his side gig was selling photos of his clients to pedophiles on eBay. We know that Singer invested in the pedophile ring's business, "Digital Entertainment Network," which specialized in "original content starring child actors."

One of Villard’s former underage victims recalled spending a weekend at his home, where he was served beers and persuaded to pose shirtless and submit to inappropriate touching. [BizParentz Foundation Anne Henry] said that Villard’s photo trademark was having “the children are looking up at the camera as they would be looking up at the predator in an abuse situation.”

We know that DEN's proprietors served time in prison for being sex offenders. We know that Disney Channel actor Brian Peck worked with Singer on two "X-Men" films, and again in 1998's "Apt Pupil" (the very next film Singer made after "The Usual Suspects"), then was sued by a teenage extra from that film for trying to round up minors for a shower scene. We know that Peck is a convicted sexual offender who served 16 months in jail.

The abused frequently become abusers. The abused kids from the 1980s and 90s are now grown up and working in the industry. They know each other.

Do we now need to go back and examine the "six degrees of separation" on every movie, for every sexual abuser, who they worked with, and see what other coincidences pop up?

I'd say yes, because this is likely the tip of the iceberg. Producers, casting agencies, and agents are all being scrutinized, and they should be.

It’s terribly relevant: days ago, APA lost “Stranger Things” actor Finn Wolfhard as a client when social media accusations surfaced against his agent, Tyler Grasham, who was then terminated.

Watch the documentary "An Open Secret," which is now free on Vimeo. You'll come away sick and angry.

It's time to dig deep and rid the world of the Hollywood filth, before another generation of vulnerable kids like the "Stranger Things" cast and the current crop of Disney and Nickelodeon kids find themselves part of the pedophile and abuser cycle of evil.

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Kywrite
Kywrite

This is what bothers me most about #metoo - while it is laudable to encourage women to open this festering sore, does the attention paid to groping and exposing incidents help obscure the much more serious crime of raping children?