Actor Corey Feldman recently announced that he will start naming names of people who sexually assaulted him as a child. He plans to make a movie that exposes Hollywood for its history of pedophilia and sexual assault. Feldman has launched a campaign to raise $10 million to help give him legal protections and to produce a tell-all documentary that will blow the lid off of tinsel town.
But for NBC stars Matt Lauer and Megyn Kelly, that is just not enough.
In two contentious interview, both Lauer and Kelly badgered Corey Feldman. It was reminiscent to the now famous interview he did with The View where Barbara Walters attacked him for ruining the reputation of Hollywood.
Megyn Kelly would not accept his reasons for not naming names now:
“Feldman then sat down with Kelly for an interview that was slightly less combative, although she did raise some additional questions about Feldman’s strategy. For example, why not just say the names right there on air? When Feldman explained that he was afraid of getting sued or having his life threatened, Kelly poked holes in his arguments.
“First of all, pro bono lawyers would no doubt help him, she said. Plus, he would be safer if he revealed the perpetrators and immobilized them.
“In one line of questions that took a strange turn, Feldman claimed that some of the women who accused Weinstein of abuse “got some kind of upside” — the ones who received settlements to stay silent about the sexual abuse. Feldman said these women took money to help their careers, but Kelly disagreed.”
But it did not end there. She persisted through the whole interview and it became contentious:
“’Right now the upside is protecting other little boys,’ Kelly corrected.
“’Absolutely,’ Feldman agreed. ‘Nobody says that I have to wait until the film is done. The most important thing is that I have security.’
“At least when it comes to legal security, Kelly had a response for that, too.
“’Truth is an absolute defense to any defamation case,’ she said, ‘which means, if you are telling the truth, you have nothing to worry about.’”
You can watch the whole segment above. The Matt Lauer interview, though, was much worse. Lauer was on the warpath to paint Feldman as a money-grubbing opportunist. Before the interview, Lauer reading a statement from the mother of the late Corey Haim, his friend, and partner who was also abused as a child:
“On Monday morning, before Feldman appeared on ‘Today,’ Matt Lauer read a statement from Judy Haim, who told NBC News that if Feldman decides to expose abusers now ‘for the sake of more victims, I’ll be 100 percent behind that. But if he’s waiting to release the names in the movie, I don’t support that. He doesn’t need $10 million to do it.’”
And it just got worse from there. Matt Lauer pushed Feldman into naming names and stopped just short of calling him a liar:
“The interview then got contentious, especially when Lauer said, ‘In all fairness, though, we’ve been down this road before with you, and you have promised in the past to name names.’
“’Never,’ Feldman replied.
“’When you were talking about your book, you said you were going to blow the lid off this,’ Lauer countered.
“Feldman claimed that his publisher forced him to leave out allegations against specific people, ‘which is why I’m taking the matter into my own hands,’ he said. ‘And this is why I need America’s support. I need the world’s support.’
“’Why do you need $10 million?’ Lauer interrupted. ‘Film students make movies for fractions…’
“’That’s a film student,’ Feldman cut in. ‘We’re talking about a theatrical release.’”
But the badgering continued. Lauer insisted that Feldman was wasting time talking to him and should be talking to the police. Feldman replied that he has talked to the police but they did nothing. He also pushed back, saying he is not the only one who is remaining silent right now:
“’And let me push this forward,’ Feldman said. ‘There are thousands of people in Hollywood who have the same information. Why is it all on me? Why is it if I don’t release the names in the next two months, six months or a year, I’m the bad guy? I’m the victim here. I’m the one who’s been abused. I’m the one who’s trying to come forward and do something about it.’”
Check it out here:
— Yellow Red Sparks (@yellowredsparks) October 30, 2017
Way to go, NBC. And Corey Feldman was not happy about the interviews either:
Shame On You Matt Lauer And Megyn Kelly: NBC Fails Victims Again After Slanted Corey Feldman Coverage https://t.co/z0fKiB7ksg
— Corey Feldman (@Corey_Feldman) October 31, 2017
From the article he tweeted out:
“If Megyn Kelly or Matt Lauer had done the work of a journalist before interviewing Feldman, they would have deduced the names of each alleged abuser as quickly as the majority of social media users have and continue to do so.
“Once again NBC has dropped the ball by failing to tell the story of victims and instead tried to silence them. Corey Feldman is the victim of child sexual abuse and unlike some of the women in the Harvey Weinstein case, he never received a civil settlement for his abuse.
“He hasn’t received money for a silence clause but has done everything he can to not only expose his abusers but protect himself from a failed statute of limitations law that only continues to victimize those who’ve been abused.
“If Corey Feldman wants to raise money to create a movie that depicts his experiences at the hands of predatory pedophiles who abused him, who has the right to question him?”
And he’s not the only one upset:
— SoulPhilosophy❤Annie (@SoulPhilosophy) October 31, 2017
— YVONNE (@Infidel_Yvonne) October 31, 2017
megyn kelly As a mother with sons yourself I would have thought you would have some modicom of compassion for Corey Feldman and all the
— ann brown (@annmariebrown68) October 31, 2017
megyn kelly is cancer…sorry you had to deal with that
i always believed you before this and i will continue to believe you
— Count Moofcula (@moomoof) October 31, 2017