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Corey Feldman’s identification of his alleged sexual predators could be on a tape just discovered by Santa Barbara police.
A spokesperson for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office confirmed on Tuesday night the department did in fact discover audio recordings where Feldman named his alleged abusers during a 1993 investigation into Michael Jackson as the “Goonies” star suggested in an interview on “Today” in October.
“In a container which included the original reports from the investigation, the Sheriff’s Office located some detective working copies of audio recordings made during the investigation. A copy of Mr. Feldman’s interview was located,” Kelly Hoover, the department’s public information officer, confirmed to Fox News.
Hoover explained to Fox News that the recent inquiries into Feldman’s interview led to additional review of the files and audio recordings and additional reports were discovered in storage.
In his interview with Matt Lauer on Oct. 30, Feldman, 46, revealed that names were on record after Lauer pressed him about never releasing anything.
“If anyone wants to go back to 1993 when I was interviewed by the Santa Barbara Police Department, I sat down and I gave them the names,” Feldman said on the “Today” show. “They’re on record. They have all this information.”
The Sheriff’s Office previously said in a statement that they were not aware of Feldman naming any suspects.
It is unclear what exactly is on the audio files.
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Hoover told Fox News, “Due to the fact that this case involves the alleged sexual abuse of a child, we are unable to comment further and any documentation or evidence related to this case is exempt from release.”
Feldman has been discussing his attempt to take down pedophilia in Hollywood since he proposed the idea of a $10 million movie based on the predatory behavior of young men in the business back in October.
NEW YORK (AP) — Oscar winner Sally Field is writing a memoir.
The actress has an agreement with Grand Central Publishing for “In Pieces,” scheduled for next fall.
The publisher announced Wednesday the book will cover her private and professional lives, notably her rise from the teen star of “Gidget” to her acclaimed performances in “Places in the Heart,” “Norma Rae,” “Lincoln” and other films.
Field said in a statement she will write about how acting helped her manage the transition from a “complicated childhood.”
The 71-year-old also has appeared in such films as “Smokey and the Bandit,” with then-boyfriend Burt Reynolds, “Mrs. Doubtfire” and “Forrest Gump.”
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NEW YORK (AP) — Six women sued Harvey Weinstein on Wednesday, targeting companies he worked at by likening the “Weinstein Sexual Enterprise” to an organized crime group that relied on film agents, producers and others to lure young women seeking a break in a breakneck industry.
The racketeering lawsuit in federal court in New York sought to represent “dozens, if not hundreds” of women who say they were assaulted by Harvey Weinstein after being isolated in close quarters such as a hotel room after bystanders were sent away.
The lawsuit seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages followed the filing of a similar lawsuit in Los Angeles last month that did not identify plaintiffs by name.
It said the “proverbial ‘casting couch’ was Weinstein’s office of choice” in an arrangement condoned by defendants Miramax LLC, The Weinstein Co. Holdings LLC and its board of directors. It said the companies were complicit in Weinstein’s flashing, groping, fondling, harassing, battering, false imprisonment, sexual assault, attempted rape or rape of women.
The women, the lawsuit said, “were aware of Weinstein’s ability to make or break their careers, as well as to continue to inflict emotional distress. Moreover, Weinstein wielded and was outspoken about his power and ability to either launch their careers or ruin their personal and professional reputations forever.”
“The power Weinstein wielded — and his ability to blacklist an actress or model for complaining about his predatory behavior — was so legendary that it was the rule in the entertainment industry that women needed to acquiesce to Weinstein to succeed,” the lawsuit said, noting male producers and actors joked about the rule and its effect on women.
A Weinstein lawyer declined comment Thursday, but Weinstein’s representatives forwarded a statement saying Weinstein “has never at any time committed an act of sexual assault, and it is wrong and irresponsible to conflate claims of impolitic behavior or consensual sexual contact later regretted, with an untrue claim of criminal conduct.”
Miramax, headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif., and The Weinstein Co. Holdings, based in New York, did not immediately return messages seeking comment.
Weinstein was ousted from the movie company he founded following a barrage of sexual harassment allegations that began with a bombshell New York Times article in early October.
At least 75 women have come forward in the media to detail accounts of assault, harassment and inappropriate conduct by Weinstein. Weinstein’s representatives have denied all accusations of non-consensual sex, but no charges have been filed.
Weinstein, 65, is being investigated by police in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, New York and London.
The lawsuit claimed a coalition of companies and people since at least the 1990s became part of the growing “Weinstein Sexual Enterprise” and that they worked with Weinstein to conceal his widespread sexual harassment and assaults.
According to the lawsuit, actresses and other women in the film industry were lured to industry events, hotel rooms, Weinstein’s home, office meetings or auditions under the pretext they were to discuss a project.
If women did not meet his demands, Weinstein and his associates used nondisclosure agreements, payoffs and legal threats to suppress their voices, the lawsuit said.
Plaintiffs included the scriptwriter and actress Louisette Geiss and actresses Katherine Kendall, Zoe Brock, Sarah Ann Thomas, Melissa Sagemiller and Nanette Klatt.
The Associated Press generally doesn’t name alleged victims of sexual assault without their permission. All of the women have told their stories publicly.
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