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    In his memoir "Coreyography," Corey Feldman goes into bombshell details about the abuse he had in his life, including brutal physical and emotional abuse from his mother; sexual abuse he experienced from older men when he was an underage teen; and his own drug abuse. Feldman also claims that his best friend Corey Haim was a bisexual who would often make sexual advances on him, but Feldman says he always rejected those advances. In "Coreyography," Feldman also tells stories about the friendship he once had with Michael Jackson.

    I've read an advance copy of "Coreyography" (which is due to be released by St. Martin's Press on Oct. 29, 2013), and the book is also filled with behind-the-scenes stories of Feldman's most famous movies, including "Gremlins," "The Goonies," "Stand by Me" and "The Lost Boys."

    As with most celebrity memoirs, people will be most interested in the parts of the book that describe the peak of the celebrity's fame. As such, the majority of the book is about Feldman's life in the 1980s, when he was at the height of his career.


    A few details that Feldman did not disclose are the names of the men whom he says sexually abused him when he was an underage teen. Feldman explains in the book that the reasons why he did not use their real names was because the sexual abuse would be hard to prove after all of these years, the statute of limitations to prosecute them has expired in California (where the alleged sexual abuse took place), and some of the men might sue him if he exposed them. He said that at least two of the men are still working in powerful Hollywood jobs.

    Dysfunctional Family/Parental Abuse and Neglect

    In several interviews over the years, Feldman has talked about the abuse that he experienced as a child. He began acting as a toddler first appearing in commercials, then in TV shows, and then in movies. At the peak of his fame, he was starring in hit movies and working with filmmakers such as Steven Spielberg, Richard Donner and Joel Schumacher. Feldman says that the abuse and exploitation that he experienced from his parents led him to be legally emancipated from his parents at age 15.

    In "Coreyography," he details the abuse, including severe beatings from his mother (who would assault him for no reason and would often tell him that she was going to kill him) and her obsession with calling him "fat" and demanding that he go on diets. He says his first introduction to drugs were the diet pills and "uppers" that his mother would give him to lose weight. Feldman says was so distraught by his mother's abuse that when he was a kid, he tried to commit suicide twice by overdosing on aspirin.


    He also says that his mother's constant abuse influenced his younger siblings to taunt him by calling him derogatory names. Feldman says that he was also bullied at school, even after he became a famous actor, and he eventually dropped out of high school. He describes his mother as a drug addict who had bipolar behavior and who would often disappear for days at a time without telling her children where she was.

    Feldman's parents divorced when he was 5, and his musician father was mostly absent from his life for several years after the divorce. Although Feldman's mother was his legal guardian for most of his childhood, he was often sent to live with relatives, such as his grandparents. Feldman's father re-entered his life after Feldman started to have success in movies such as "Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter," "Gremlins" and "The Goonies." Around the time that Feldman was working on "Stand by Me," he had moved in with his father, who became his manager, but then Feldman fired his father because he felt that his father was making bad decisions for him, such as booking jobs that were "beneath him" as a movie star.

    For example, when Feldman says that when Jackson found out that Feldman was going to be a guest star on the game show "Hollywood Squares," Jackson was appalled that Feldman would be on the show, since Feldman was a movie star at the time. Jackson told Feldman that "Hollywood Squares" was show for people whose careers were on a downslide, not for actors who have a hot movie career. Feldman desperately wanted to cancel his "Hollywood Squares" appearance, and he even got Jackson to call his father to try to convince him that "Hollywood Squares" was a bad career move, but his father refused to cancel the appearance, and Feldman reluctantly appeared on the show. Feldman said that his father's refusal to listen to Jackson's advice about "Hollywood Squares" and other business matters was the catalyst to re-examine his career and eventually fire his father.

    Feldman also says that at the height of his fame, when people thought he was rich, he was actually living with his father in a seedy, one-bedroom apartment in Los Angeles. They eventually moved to a larger place, but he said that at the time, he was very nave about the money he should have been making until Jackson taught him many things about the business part of the entertainment industry.


    He also says that although he found out that he made about $1 million when his career was at its peak, he never had most of the money, which was controlled and spent by other people because he was underage at the time. Feldman says that when he paid off his father with $40,000 as part of the emancipation, it left Feldman broke "but at least I was finally free."

    Sexual Abuse

    Feldman claims that when he was an underage teen, he was sexually abused by several older men, one of whom worked for his father when his father was his manager. Some of these men were also part of Feldman's social circle, so he says he felt confusion and shame about reporting the abuse, since he often relied on these men for friendship and protection. He said that the abuse would often happen when he and the men were under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Feldman says that Jackson never abused him and that Jackson treated him like a younger brother. (However, people who believe that Jackson was a sexual predator say that Jackson deliberately targeted boys who were not famous.)

    According to Feldman, a typical encounter that he would have when he was sexually abused would be that while he was lying intoxicated in bed, the guy would climb in the bed and initiate having sexual relations with him. He also said that sometimes he would wake up to find the abuser unzipping his trousers and having his way with him.

    Feldman says that sometimes he would fight off the abuser, but more often than not, he would just let the abuse happen out of confusion and guilt. Feldman says that he didn't understand until years later that, because of he was underage at the time, he had been the victim of statutory rape. He also said that sexual abuse is rampant with many talent agents, managers, directors and producers who take advantage of underage kids who think they have to give in to the abuse out of fear or because they think it might help their careers.

    Drug Addiction


    Beginning with diet pills and other drugs to lose weight, Feldman says his drug abuse started when he was a pre-teen. According to Feldman, he and River Phonenix (who died of a drug overdose in 1993) had their first experience smoking marijuana when they tried pot together on the set of "Stand by Me." The marijuana was given to them by a crew member. By this time, Feldman says he already had experiences getting drunk. He also described smoking pot with his father after his father became his manager.

    Feldman says that he found out that his mother was a cocaine addict when he discovered her cocaine stash in their home. Feldman said he went on first cocaine binge when he was working on "The Lost Boys" and his mother's female drug dealer gave him cocaine. Feldman says that his comedown from the cocaine binge was so bad that he kept messing up scenes while filming "The Lost Boys" the next day, and director Joel Schumacher temporarily fired him, but then changed his mind and re-hired him. At the time, Schumacher asked if Feldman was doing drugs, but Feldman says he lied to Schumacher, by telling him that he was just tired from staying up all night with a friend.

    Athough Feldman says that Haim had tried drugs even before he even met Feldman, he still has some guilt over Haim's drug addiction because Feldman thinks he influenced Haim to start abusing cocaine.

    By the time Feldman made "License to Drive," he says that he and Haim were addicted to cocaine and often showed up high on the set. It was also during filming of this movie that Feldman says he smoked crack for the first time, and he was also doing other drugs, such as LSD. After one cocaine bender, Feldman says he and Haim were almost fired when they showed up more than three hours late on the set.

    Haim and Feldman's descent into drug addiction has been well-documented in the media. Feldman claims to be in recovery after receiving professional treament and therapy for his problems. But apparently, Feldman was still doing drugs as recently as 2011, according to a reports from Defamer that has an eyewitness account of Feldman doing drugs at an orgy at his house. More recently, in August 2013, Vicereported on Fedlman's 42nd birthday party that sounded like he wants to be the next Hugh Hefner. (The Vice report had no mention of drugs.)


    Corey Haim

    As many peopke know, Haim and Feldman were close friends and worked together on several projects, beginning with 1987's "The Lost Boys." Feldman says that before he met Haim, he was jealous of him because he had heard that Haim was getting some of the girls and acting roles that Feldman wanted. However, one role that Feldman got that Haim wanted was Feldman's role in "The Goonies."

    The friendship between Haim and Feldman, who became known in the media as "The Two Coreys," started out innocently enough, but it soon became a drug-fueled, co-dependent relationship, as Feldman tells it. Feldman (who describes Haim's personality as friendly, hypoeractive and intense) also outs Haim as a bisexual who was sodomized as a child by a man whom Feldman does not name, but he says Haim confided in him about the rape. Feldman believes that this early sexual abuse caused Haim to be overly sexualized at a young age. Feldman says that when he met Haim, Haim talked about sex more than anyone else he knew.

    Feldman claims that when Haim was "horny," that Haim would sometimes suggest that he and Feldman have sex with each other. Feldman claims he always declined the offer.

    In the book, Feldman describes incidents when he and Feldman would be hanging out together and Haim would pester Feldman to find someone to have sex with, male or female.

    Feldman expresses regret that on at least two occasions during the time that he and Haim were filming "The Lost Boys," Feldman would suggest an older male friend to have sex with Haim. One of those friends was Marty Weiss, a talent manager who was arrested in 2011 for committing lewd acts with a child. Weiss once had a talent agency with Feldman's mother back in the late '80s. Feldman says that during the time that Weiss had sex with Haim. As Feldman describes it in the book: "They walked single file into the adjoining room ... I heard sounds, banging, thumping. I felt my stomach flip-flop. I felt sick."


    On another occasion, a similar scenerio happened: Feldman said that Haim was being hyperactive and "horny" and wanted Feldman to find him someone to have sex with, when Haim suggested that he and Feldman "mess around." When Feldman rejected Haim's advances and asked Haim if he was gay, Haim replied, "I'm not gay, man. This is what guys do. It's totally normal. Why don't we do it?"

    Feldman says he still refused to have sex with Haim. When Haim expressed interest in hooking up with Weiss again, Feldman told Haim that he was no longer speaking to Weiss. So Feldman reluctantly suggested a man who is called "Tony Burnham" (not his real name) in the book. According to Feldman, he knew that Burnham (whom he describes as overwieight and unatractive) had a crush on Haim, and so the meeting was arranged. Feldman says he tried to convince Haim not to get sexually involved with Burnham and to find someone else to have sex with, but Haim insisted because he told Feldman that it would be "a favor" to Haim if Feldman arranged the hookup. After that encounter, Burnham began to treat Haim as his "boyfriend," according to Feldman.

    Feldman describes these alleged incidents in the book because years after these incidents happened, Haim accused Feldman of being responsible for some of the sexual abuse he suffered. The accusation was made on their reality show "The Two Coreys." Feldman says that at the time, he introduced an underage Haim to those men because he just wanted Haim to stop pestering him about finding someone to have sex with him. Of course, we won't hear Haim's side of the story since he's dead.

    The first of the book actually describes what Feldman's life was like in the hours and days after Haim's death in 2010. Feldman expresses some bittnerness over the people who came out of the woodwork after Haim's death to try and benefit from on the death through money and/or publicity. Feldman says that he is still angry that many people still think that Haim died of an overdose, when the autopsy report concluded that Haim died on pneumonia. (However, years of drug abuse probably negatively affected Haim's immune system.) Although Haim and Feldman's frienship went through some rough patches over the years, they were friendly and regularly communicating with each other in the period of time leading up to his death.

    Michael Jackson


    Feldman says by the time he met Jackson on the set of "The Goonies" (after Feldman kept pestering Spielberg to make it happen), he had been "obsessed" with Jackson, whose "Thriller" album and music videos made a huge impact on Feldman. Over the next few years, the Feldman says that he and Jackson would spend hours talking on the phone and meeting up when they could. Feldman says that when he woudl hang out with Jackson they would do "kid" things (like go to amusement parks) or "celebrity" things like meeting other stars.

    Feldman says that his time with Jackson was so innocent that he wasn't even allowed to curse around Jackson. Feldman claims that he never saw drugs and alcohol when he hung out with Jackson, since he said that Jackson banned those substances, at least when feldman was around him. Feldman said that he rarely saw Jackson in casual clothes because he believes that Jackson felt that he always had to be "on" as a celebrity.
    He also described some of Jackson's odd behavior and paranoi, such as Jackson's tendency to pretend to be someone else when he answered the phone or Jackson not saying a word when he answered the phone and making the caller wait up to 10 or 15 minutes, in order to test the caller on how long the caller would wait to hear him speak.


    It's been well-documented that Feldman's friendship with Jackson never really recovered after Sept. 11, 2001, when Feldman claims that Jackson "abandoned" him in New York City, where Feldman had been to see Jackson at Jackson's all-star tribute concerts that featured Jackson's on-stage reunion with his brothers. At the time, Feldman complained to the media about Jackson being an uncaring friend who left Feldman behind in New York in the wake of the 9/11 tragedies. After Jackson died of an accidental drug overdose in 2009, Feldman gave interviews expressing regret over how his friendship with Jackson ended.


    Dating and Marriage
    Feldman mentions some past girlfriends (most of them not famous) and his ex-wife Susie in his memoir, but his relationship with Haim gets more pages in the book. Feldman says that his first date with Drew Barrymore was arranged by her agent when Barrymore was 10 and Feldman was 14 because Feldman was told that Barrymore had a huge crush on him. They later briefly dated for real in the late '80s when they were both heavily into drugs.

    Behind-the-Scenes Movie Stories

    Feldman says that he had been cast in Spielberg's move "E.T.," but a script rewrite essentially cut out the role that he was going to play, so Spielberg promised Feldman a role in his next movie: "The Goonies," which Spielberg executive produced.


    As for the famous directors Feldman has worked with, Spielberg is clearly his favorite, not just for the obvious reasons, but because he says that Spielberg is one of the nicest people he's met who was like a father figure to Feldman.


    According to Feldman, "The Goonies" director Richard Donner was so sick of working with the kids on the movie, after the movie shoot stretched from three months to six months, that Donner began telling anyone who listened that he couldn't wait to go to his kids-free house in Hawaii when filming was completed. As a practical joke, Feldman says that Spielberg arranged to have all the child stars of "The Goonies" surprise Donner at the house when he arrived. Feldman says that he regrettably had to join his co-stars later in Hawaii after the pratical joke happened because Feldman's mother was late in driving him to the airport and therefore caused him to miss his plane flight.


    Feldman says he also liked "The Lost Boys" director Joel Schumacher, but that Schumacher was a screamer who would yell at the cast in order to get what he wanted.


    Haim was the co-star who had the closest friendship with Feldman, but Feldman also had fond memories of bonding with his "Stand by Me" co-star Phoenix and with his "Goonies" co-stars Sean Astin, Jeff Cohen and Le Huy Quan.


    Feldman said that he and his "Stand by Me" co-stars (Pheonix, Wil Wheaton and Jerry O'Connell) were just playing versions of themselves at time time. Feldman describes being jealous of his "Stand by Me" co-star River Phoenix being able to cry on cue, but Phoenix told him years later that he used the same trick that Feldman and other actors often used for the crying scenes in the movie: someone blew menthol vapor in their eyes.


    Some people may find it questionable that Feldman would wait until Haim was dead to tell details about Haim's sexual encounters with men and how Haim allegedly made sexual advances on him. In this day and age of celebrity tell-alls in books and the media, Feldman was no doubt told he had to have some salacious stories in his memoir in order for it to be published by a major book publisher.


    One thing's for sure: Anyone who reads "Coreyography" will never look at Feldman's movies the same way again.
    Corey Feldman details abuse, Corey Haim's bisexuality in 'Coreyography' memoir - National movies on demand | Examiner.com

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    wow, way to sell out your dead friend there. hope you're being paid well for it.



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    Quote Originally Posted by witchcurlgirl View Post
    wow, way to sell out your dead friend there. hope you're being paid well for it.

    I think he feels really guilty for what happened to Corey because he was involved. It's sad that he can't really grasp that he was the victim in the Corey hookup as well. It's like a father molesting one of his daughters friends. He's put her in that state as well. Corey Haim's mother has said she'd wish that he'd stop talking about her son and focus on himself. It would also be helpful if he "notted" a few of the more powerful Hollywood men out there to narrow down the pedophile accusations. He doesn't need to state it who it is, but can easily point the spotlight in the right direction by saying who it wasn't.

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    Dimes a dead Corey Haim out, but is still protecting his own sexual abusers? Nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ribbit View Post
    I think he feels really guilty for what happened to Corey because he was involved. It's sad that he can't really grasp that he was the victim in the Corey hookup as well. It's like a father molesting one of his daughters friends. He's put her in that state as well. Corey Haim's mother has said she'd wish that he'd stop talking about her son and focus on himself. It would also be helpful if he "notted" a few of the more powerful Hollywood men out there to narrow down the pedophile accusations. He doesn't need to state it who it is, but can easily point the spotlight in the right direction by saying who it wasn't.
    yes, he feels soooo guilty about it he'll make money off his corpse.

    he's a scumbag.


    Feldman expresses some bittnerness over the people who came out of the woodwork after Haim's death to try and benefit from on the death through money and/or publicity.


    look in the mirror, kid.



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    that's pretty harsh, he was his best friend, he's not revealing things people didn't already know.

    I found this to be really creepy. Remember Nellie Olson from Little House? She says this:


    “This has been going on for a very long time,” concurs former “Little House on the Prairie” star Alison Arngrim. “It was the gossip back in the ‘80s. People said, ‘Oh yeah, the Coreys, everyone’s had them.’ People talked about it like it was not a big deal.”Arngrim, 49, was referring to Feldman and his co-star in “The Lost Boys,” Corey Haim, who died in March 2010 after years of drug abuse.
    “I literally heard that they were ‘passed around,’” Arngrim said. “The word was that they were given drugs and being used for sex. It was awful – these were kids, they weren’t 18 yet. There were all sorts of stories about everyone from their, quote, ‘set guardians’ on down that these two had been sexually abused and were totally being corrupted in every possible way.”
    Recent Charges of Sexual Abuse of Children in Hollywood Just Tip of Iceberg, Experts Say | Fox News

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    Damn, that's a long article. Anyone interested in this book should save their $13.99 and read this instead. It's like the Examiner plagiarized an eighth grader's book report.

    Anyway, kinda figured he would have done this already, but maybe he was waiting for all the Jackson lawsuits to wrap up. He was smart not to go after MJ on any pedo claims. Even if there was some inappropriate behavior, which I totally could buy into, he obviously knows well enough to not to kick that dead horse. With all the false claims out there about him, even legitimate victims will always face backlash. If he's after publicity, which has always been my feeling, exploiting his dead "best friend" is clearly the path of least resistance.

    It's funny how he complains about people coming "out of the woodwork" following Haim's death. In the years since he passed, the only name I ever really see linked to his is Feldman's. While I'm sure they really were friends and he cared for him, if he really wanted to honor him, maybe he'd close his mouth. A footnote to set the record straight that he died from pneumonia would be okay, but writing a book exploiting how fucked up he was and then saying it irks you that people think he died from drugs? Seriously disingenuous. He doesn't want people to know the truth about his good friend to uphold his memory; he wants people to know he was once relevant, like "look at all the Hollywood people who I used to have the skinny on."

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    I'm surprised there weren't any scandalous stories about his marriage to Vanessa Marcil. Oh that's right, she's still alive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ribbit View Post
    that's pretty harsh, he was his best friend, he's not revealing things people didn't already know.
    ~shrugs~ i don't think it's harsh at all. it's an accurate description of someone who would tell tales about their dead 'best friend'.



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    I think he ought to name these Hollywood abusers. Especially since they're probably still working with kids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ribbit View Post
    Js is rumored to be Joel Schumacher, which I think Feldman debunked in the excerpt above. Also rumored Spielberg, but i don't take much credence in that either. Also rumored Richard donner, which I think is also debunked from above. Another name that's floated around, which I think makes more sense, is David geffen. He is a Hollywood mogul, but isn't a real "name" like Spielberg.
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    I'm a teacher and I am legally obligated to report any abuse. If his abusers are still out there, it would seem like the morally right thing to do would be to call the CAS and let them know that a potential abuser is out there working with children. Let them investigate.

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    I can't stand this guy anyway but outing Corey is the lowest of the low.

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    I think he's pretty shitty to do this. I think the only honest thing he said was that he was jealous of Corey Haim. Haim was the better looking of the two Corey's. Best friend my ass. When I'm dead, my best friends will carry my secrets to the grave. I'll do the same for them.
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