Elijah Wood Claims Child Sex Abuse is Rife in Hollywood

Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood has opened the door on child sex abusers in the film industry. 

The 35-year-old compared the "underbelly" of Hollywood to the notorious paedophile ring exposed in the UK, which resulted in charges against Jimmy Savile, Gary Glitter and Rolf Harris.

"You all grew up with Savile - Jesus, it must have been devastating," he told The Sunday Times, upon discussing Savile's horrendous history of child sex abuse.

"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 a darkness in the underbelly - if you can imagine it, it’s probably happened."

Elijah - who entered the industry at the age of eight - said he was never abused himself. 

He later clarified he was speaking from knowledge learned in the documentary, An Open Secret

However, when pressed by The Sunday Times, Wood admitted "these things [child sex abuses] probably still are happening."

"Let me be clear: This subject of child abuse is an important one that should be discussed and properly investigated," he later told True Hollywood Reporter. "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."

If you or anyone you know has suffered or is suffering from child abuse, please contact the ChildWise hotline on 1800 991 099.

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