For a moment, Elijah Wood has become the poster boy by conspiracy theorists who have long pointed to a cabal of Hollywood sex crime perpetrators continually committing a felony on young actors.
The controversy started when the “Lord of the Rings” actor gave an interview with UK’s The Sunday Times where he weighed on men in power in Hollywood, preying on young boys and girls in exchange for fame. The British press was scandalised by the Jimmy Savile scandal where the famous talk show host was said to have victimised over 500 boys and girls, as well as adults prior to his death in 2011.
Talking about the victims, Elijah Wood said that what they must have gone through was “devastating.” “Clearly something major was going on in Hollywood. It was all organised. There are a lot of vipers in this industry — people who only have their own interests in mind,” he was quoted by Time as saying. He added, “I’ve been led down dark paths to realise that these things probably are still happening.”
But Elijah Wood has immediately distanced himself from the Hollywood sex crime as he insisted that he was misunderstood. In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, he said that what was interviewed was different from what the article tried to convey.
“Let me be clear: This subject of child abuse is an important one that should be discussed and properly investigated,” the statement said. “But as I made absolutely clear to the writer, I have no firsthand experience or observation of the topic, so I cannot speak with any authority beyond articles I have read and films I have seen.”
One of the most publicised Hollywood sex crimes was about “X-Men” director Bryan Singer who was accused, along with a host of other bigwigs, of sexually abusing Michael Egan and other minors in these secret rendezvous.
Egan later dropped the charges against Singer and TV executive Garth Ancier and Disney exec David Neuman, said Variety.