Elijah Wood Addresses Child Abuse in Hollywood

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Former child star Elijah Wood, has spoken out on the dangers of child abuse within the industry.

In an interview with the Sunday Times, Mr. Wood expressed that abuse within the industry still exists and is kept under wraps by those with power in Hollywood.

According to the Lord of the Rings star, “There are a lot of vipers in this industry, people who only have their own interests in mind.”

He compared child abuse in Hollywood to the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal in the U.K. where the late entertainment host sexually abused boys and girls without being charged.

“You all grew up with Savile—Jesus, it must have been devastating,” said Wood. “There is a darkness in the underbelly—if you can imagine it, it’s probably happened.”

He acknowledges his mother’s efforts to restrict him from attending Hollywood parties at a young age helped him from being caught up in the dangerous side of Hollywood.

Wood currently stars alongside Nicolas Cage in The Trust.