Manager of Hollywood child stars arrested for sex abuse of former client... as police suspect there may be more victims
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 3:51 AM on 2nd December 2011
A Hollywood manager of child actors who have appeared on Nickelodeon and The Disney Channel was arrested for molesting one of his clients.
And cops say the alleged victim may not be the only one.
Martin Weiss, 47, was arrested Tuesday following a two-week criminal investigation that was sparked by an 18-year-old man who claimed he was abused by Weiss as a child.
Shocking arrest: Martin Weiss, who represents dozens of child actors, has been charged with sexually abusing a former client
The victim told police that he had sex with Weiss 30 to 40 times about six years ago, and the abuse ended when he turned 15 years old.
An affidavit obtained by the Los Angeles Times said: 'The victim said Weiss told him that what they were doing was common practice in the entertainment industry.
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'And if the victim were to tell anyone it would ruin the victim's career and hurt them both.'
Suspecting that there may be other victims, the teen went to Weiss’ apartment on November 15, when he confronted him about the alleged abuse and taped their conversation.
He then went to police with the tape, saying that other boys had stayed overnight in Weiss' home and feared they may have been victimized too.
Startling case: Martin Weiss Management represents dozens of child actors who have landed roles on shows like iCarly, Good Luck Charlie and Heroes
On Monday, police searched Weiss' car and apartment, looking for anything that could link Weiss to other possible victims.
It was not immediately clear what was found, if anything, according to the L.A. Times.
ARE CHILD ACTORS AT RISK IN HOLLYWOOD OF PEADOPHILES?
The recent arrest of Hollywood manager Martin Weiss has reignited a debate of children’s safety in the TV and film industry.
In a gripping interview in August, Corey Feldman claimed he was 'surrounded' by paedophiles while he emerged as a child star in classic 1980s films as Gremlins, The Goonies and The Lost Boys.
Mr Feldman, now 40, blamed former co-star Corey Haim's death at the age 38 on the abuse he suffered at the hands of a 'Hollywood mogul' he refused to name.
He told ABC's Nightline: 'The number one problem in Hollywood was, is and always will be paedophilia.
'It's all done under the radar... But it's the big secret.'
Detective John Alviani told the paper that Weiss' bail was set at $300,000, triple the standard amount due to the multiple counts of alleged abuse.
According the affidavit, Weiss admitted that he had sexual contact with the victim, but denied it was rape, saying the victim 'showed interest.'
Martin Weiss Management represents dozens of child actors who have landed roles on shows like iCarly, Good Luck Charlie and Heroes.
His clients have also been featured in recent films like The Muppets and Jack and Jill, and various television commercials.
In an email to his clients on Tuesday, Weiss, who started Martin Weiss Management in the 1990s, announced he was dismantling his firm.
The email read: 'It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that I immediately dissolve Martin Weiss Management and release all actors from their contracts.
'Please do not try [to] contact me. I will let everyone know what is happening at the proper time. Thank you for being wonderful clients and friends.'
Manager no more: In the wake of his arrest, Martin Weiss, left, announced in an email to clients that he was dismantling his firm.
Weiss' arrest is another black eye for Hollywood, which is reeling from the revelation of a convicted paedophile working in the film industry.
Sex offender: Hollywood casting agent Jason James Murphy was busted in 1996 for kidnapping an 8-year-old boy
Last month, it emerged that sex offender Jason James Murphy was working as a casting director, and had helped place child actors in Bad News Bears, Cheaper by the Dozen 2 and Super 8, films with predominantly young casts.
In early 1996, Murphy, then a 19-year-old college student, abducted an eight-year-old boy from his elementary school and flew with him to New York, according to court records and news reports.
Murphy had already been bailed out on charges of molesting the child, after meeting him while working as a camp counselor.
According to the New York Times, Murphy dressed as woman in a white dress and wig in order to kidnap the schoolboy.
He then fled with the child and became a fugitive featured on 'America's Most Wanted', but was caught when a New York city hotel clerk spotted the pair.
He admitted child molestation and kidnapping charges after being found in a Manhattan hotel room with the boy and more than $8,000 cash.
After serving five years in prison for the 1996 crime in the Seattle area, Murphy underwent sex-offender counseling.
California law prohibits offenders from working alone with minor children, or to have supervision or disciplinary power over children.
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