Elijah Wood clarifies comments on abuse of child stars in Hollywood
'I have no first hand experience or observation of the topic,' the 'Lord of the Rings' actor said.
This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com.
“The Sunday Times interviewed me about my latest film but the story became about something else entirely,” Wood, 35, tweeted on Monday. “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.”
In the Times article entitled, “Hollywood’s Evil Secret,” the actor compared unnamed child abuse allegations in America to the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal that rocked the United Kingdom. “Clearly something major was going on in Hollywood. It was all organized. There are a lot of vipers in this industry, people who only have their own interests in mind,” Wood reportedly shared.
The Lord of the Rings star started out as a child model and commercial actor at age 8. Wood’s first big break was in 1988 when he appeared in the Paula Abdul video for “Forever Your Girl.” Shortly after, a slew of film roles followed including ’90s classics such as Radio Flyer and The Adventures of Huck Finn.
In his lengthy Twitter clarification, Wood continued, “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.”
The Hollywood Reporter was the first to report.