May 30, 2014 Comments Off on AnnaLynne McCord: Why I’m Done Staying Quiet About My Sexual Assault
AnnaLynne McCord: Why I’m Done Staying Quiet About My Sexual Assault
As Told To Abigail Pesta
Celebrity Interviews & Gossip May 29, 2014
Onscreen, Dallas and 90210 star AnnaLynne McCord radiates pure confidence. But before she found Hollywood success, she survived a strict, violent upbringing and a sexual assault by a close friend. Now she’s speaking out to help other women who don’t have a voice.
When I was on 90210 a few years ago, the character I played, Naomi, was raped by someone she knew. I welcomed the story line, thinking it was important for viewers. I memorized my lines and rehearsed the scenes. I felt ready to go. Then when the cameras were rolling on an intense scene — a fight with an unsupportive friend after the assault — I broke down, sobbing uncontrollably. My castmates thought I had done a great job playing the part. They had no idea that I had actually been sexually assaulted by someone I knew in real life.
For you to understand what happened to me and my reaction to it — burying the assault deep down inside — first you need to know a few things about my life. I’m telling my story now because I think it’s time to talk about the truth. When I was a kid, my candor got me in a lot of trouble, and I learned to stay quiet, to keep my feelings to myself. But no more. I’m in spiritual warrior mode.
AnnaLynne McCord reveals she was suicidal after childhood abuse, sexual assault: ‘It’s time to talk about the truth’
The ‘90210’ actress spoke out about traumatic incidents she experienced when she was younger as a way to let women know that ‘they have a voice.’
BY Kirthana Ramisetti NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, May 29, 2014
AnnaLynne McCord can no longer remain silent.
The “90210” star has opened up about being raped when she was a child, then being sexually assaulted early in her Hollywood career, revealing these traumatic incidents in the July issue of Cosmopolitan. The actress said that she had decided to speak out now to empower other women and let them know that “they have a voice.”
McCord, 26, described her childhood in Monroe, Ga., as “extremely religious and conservative,” with a pastor father who believed in discipline that she said was more akin to abuse, describing it as “painful and ritualistic.”….
The harrowing upbringing led a teenage McCord to have unhealthy relationships with men, including provoking them to be violent toward her. “My sexual relationships were dark and violently dramatic,” she said.
It was only when she discussed it with her first boyfriend that she realized her parents’ disciplinary tactics were actually abuse, and she confronted them about it, calling it “an important step.”
When McCord moved to Los Angeles for her acting career at age 18, she was raped by a friend who staying overnight at her apartment….
McCord was able to pull through her depression with professional help and support of her family and friends — and said she wants to help others who have gone through similar trauma, including launching a college speaking tour this fall.
“Don’t put yourself in a box,” McCord advises. “Don’t let the polite lies of society silence you. Honestly, I would endure everything all over again – it has led me to my own revolution.”
April 22, 2014 Comments Off on Bryan Singer sex abuse accuser names three more Hollywood bigwigs in lawsuits
Bryan Singer sex abuse accuser names three more Hollywood bigwigs in lawsuits
Michael Egan III, 31, claims ex-NBC Entertainment head Garth Ancier forced him to have oral sex and both former Disney exec David Neuman and Broadway producer Gary Goddard also engaged in inappropriate behavior with him as a minor in the ’90s.
BY Nancy Dillon NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, April 21, 2014
The Nevada actor who publicly accused “X-Men” director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him when he was 15 named three other Hollywood figures on Monday and said they too preyed on him during his teenage years.
Michael Egan III, 31, filed new federal lawsuits on Monday that accuse Garth R. Ancier, Gary Wayne Goddard and David Alexander Neuman of sexually assaulting him when he was as a minor in the late ’90s.
Egan and his lawyer, Jeff Herman, who previously represented victims in the molestation lawsuits against “Sesame Street” puppeteer Kevin Clash, said the three men were allegedly part, along with Singer, of a “sordid sex ring” that preyed on teenage boys seeking stardom in Tinseltown. They allegedly attended “notorious parties” in Los Angeles and Hawaii, where underage boys were “groomed” to be sexually victimized and plied with drugs, alcohol and gifts — and sometimes subjected to violence, according to Egan and his lawyer.
Efforts to reach the three men for comment were not immediately successful….
Egan filed a separate federal lawsuit last week against the “X-Men” director, claiming that Singer repeatedly sexually abused him when he was a vulnerable teen in the late ’90s. The accusations include forced sodomy.
Singer has denied the allegations, and his lawyer raising the possibility of a counter suit….
Bryan Singer Accuser — Alleged Sex Abuse Victim Accuses 3 More Hollywood Honchos
4/21/2014 BY TMZ STAFF
The man who has sued “X-Men” director Bryan Singer — claiming he was sexually assaulted when he was 15 — has just filed lawsuits against 3 other Hollywood big wigs, also claiming sexual assault.
The 3 men named in the new lawsuit are Garth Ancier, David Neuman and Gary Goddard.
Ancier has a slew of hits under his belt, including The Ricki Lake Show, which he created. He headed up the Fox entertainment group and produced 21 Jump Street, Married … with Children, The Simpsons and In Living Color. He also developed Home Improvement at Disney. And at NBC he put The West Wing on the air.
Neuman is the former president of Disney TV. Goddard produced off-Broadway shows.
According to the new lawsuits, Ancier sexually abused Egan numerous times by sodomizing him, forcing oral sex and fondling him — when he was 15 at an Encino estate. The suit goes on to allege Ancier sexually abused Egan in Hawaii 2 years later.
The suit against Goddard and Neuman are similar — alleging they were part of a Hollywood sex ring, giving Egan alcohol and drugs and sexually assaulted him at the Encino estate and in Hawaii….
The state of Hawaii has allowed alleged victims of sexual assault to sue, even if the statute of limitations has long since expired — but the deadline for filing is Thursday.
April 12, 2014 Comments Off on Former child star discusses sex abuse in Hollywood
Former child star discusses sex abuse in Hollywood
BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer April 10, 2014
….Adults in the Hollywood system and his own family abused him mentally and sexually, he says, at a time when he was one of the world’s biggest child stars. He’s only recently figured out how to defeat these real-life terrors.
“It’s all about communication,” Feldman said in an interview with the Daily News this week. “Victims need to feel they can open up and express themselves in these situations.”
Feldman opened up about his own abuse in Coreyography, a memoir published in October that details the California native’s quick rise from television commercials to feature films, along with his often-rocky friendship with fellow troubled child actor Corey Haim, who died in 2010, and Michael Jackson, whom he first met on the set of “Goonies.”
One reviewer described the book as “unflinchingly bleak.”
“I had a very rough childhood,” Feldman said. “But when I was on the set and working with my peers, in films like ‘Goonies,’ I made deep bonds I still carry today. I try to look back on most of it in a good and positive light.”….
In Coreyography, Feldman claims he was sexually abused by men in his circles, including his own employees. They would often give him drugs before, during and after, and he developed addictions before he turned 18.
“I was just trying to depress those feelings,” he said. “It’s fairly common for victims to become addicts.”
Feldman didn’t identify his alleged abusers because the statute of limitations ran out years ago, but he said at least one is a well-known Hollywood figure.
Victims often recall the abuse decades after it happened, when memories are jarred loose by sobriety or therapy, and Feldman said abusers shouldn’t get a pass just because of the calendar….
October 23, 2013 Comments Off on Corey Feldman details Hollywood sexual abuse in his memoir ‘Coreyography’
Corey Feldman details Hollywood sexual abuse in his memoir ‘Coreyography’ By Stephan Lee on Oct 22, 2013
Corey Feldman and the late Corey Haim — known at the height of their popularity as “the Two Coreys” — were iconic ’80s teen stars who dealt with more adult problems behind the scenes. In his upcoming memoir Coreyography (Oct. 29), Feldman, 42, details the sexual abuse he and Haim experienced while working in Hollywood.
According to Feldman, Haim told him about an incident on the set of the 1986 film Lucas:
“Haim started to confide in me, about some intensely personal stuff, very quickly … Within hours of our first meeting, we found ourselves talking about Lucas, the film he made in the summer of 1985, the role I had wanted for myself. At some point during the filming, he explained, an adult male convinced him that its was perfectly normal for older men and younger boys in the business to have sexual relations, that it was what all the ‘guys do.’ So, they walked off to a secluded area between two trailers, during a lunch break for the cast and crew, and Haim, innocent and ambitious as he was, allowed himself to be sodomized.”
Feldman recalls that Haim, 11 years old at the time, said, “I guess we should play around like that, too?”
While Feldman never acted on his friend’s suggestion, he did encounter more sexual abuse later on from the adults around him, including an older male Feldman had hired as his assistant who he calls “Ron Crimson” in the book. Crimson allegedly performed oral sex on Feldman after he encouraged a teenaged Feldman to take a cocktail of pills. Feldman writes that in his teen years he was constantly surrounded by pedophiles….
Corey Feldman: Pedophilies rampant in Hollywood; he and Corey Haim their victims By Nicki Gostin October 22, 2013
In his new memoir “Coreyography,” former child star Corey Feldman weaves a harrowing Hollywood tale of sex, drugs and profound loneliness on his road to stardom. Feldman’s book covers parental abuse, twisted friendships and devastating drug abuse….
As his star began to rise in hit movies like “Stand By Me,” “The Lost Boys,” “Gremlins” and “The Goonies” — Feldman, now 42, had no guidance or support from his parents. His mother — a former Playboy model who suffered from depression and drug problems — tortured her son about his weight and, at one point, force-fed him diet pills. He says his father was a musician who routinely encouraged his young son to get high with him. Feldman talked to FOX411 about his chaotic upbringing….
FOX411: You write that Corey Haim was raped by a very powerful Hollywood player on the set of ‘Lucas’ and he tried to initiate something with you.
Feldman: In his mind that was just what guys do, that’s what he tried to sell me on. He wasn’t bisexual. He didn’t understand what was right and wrong. He’d been manipulated and lied to and used and abused. So was I, but I wasn’t yet at that point. He told me, to me it was the craziest story I had ever heard. I had to explain, ‘No man that’s not how it goes.’ But then a few months later the same thing happened to me, though not as graphically.
FOX411: You say that pedophilia is common in Hollywood.
Feldman: I think there’s a lot more of it than we’d like to believe and a lot more of it in all paths of life….