I have no firsthand experience or observation of pedophilia in Hollywood - Elijah Wood rejects 'false and misleading' headlines
Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood is upset with how his comments were conveyed in a recent Sunday Times article.
The article made an impact internationally on Monday after Wood appeared to suggest that pedophilia is rife in Hollywood.
The former child star was speaking to the newspaper about his new film, a heist movie, The Trust, but also spoke about the Jimmy Saville abuse scandal in the UK and an 'underbelly' in Hollywood.
He was quoted as saying, "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."
"There is darkness in the underbelly," he reportedly added. "If you can imagine it, it’s probably happened."
The title of the article was "Hollywood's Evil Secret" and it also referenced allegations by former child star Corey Feldman.
However, speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, Wood said, "The Sunday Times interviewed me about my latest film, but the story became about something else entirely.
"It prompted a number of false and misleading headlines. I had just seen a powerful documentary and I briefly spoke with the reporter about the subject, which had consequences I did not intend or expect. Lesson learned."
He added, "Let me be clear: This subject of child abuse is an important one that should be discussed and properly investigated. 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."
He said his observations about "vipers" preying on child stars were based on what he saw in director Amy J. Berg's 2014 film An Open Secret about the issue.