Elijah Wood on child abuse in Hollywood: 'There are a lot of vipers in this industry"

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Elijah Wood Says Hollywood Has a Child Sex Abuse Problem

Elijah Wood is speaking out on the dangers of child abuse hidden within Hollywood. The Telegraph reported that in an interview with the Sunday Times, the Lord of the Rings star expressed that abuse within the industry still exists and is kept under wraps by those with power in Hollywood.

"There are a lot of vipers in this industry, people who only have their own interests in mind," said Wood. The actor, who currently stars alongside Nicolas Cage in The Trust, 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."

While child actor Corey Feldman (The Goonies, Gremlins) says he is among those in Hollywood that are victims of abuse, Wood said 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.

"She was far more concerned with raising me to be a good human than facilitating my career," said Wood. "If you're innocent, you have very little knowledge of the world and you want to succeed. "People with parasitic interests will see you as their prey."

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Elijah Wood during 66th Annual Academy Awards at Dorothy Chandler Pavillion in Los Angeles, CA, United States. (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
Lexi Randall and Elijah Wood in a scene from the film 'The War', 1994. (Photo by Universal/Getty Images)
Dan Aykroyd smiles at Elijah Wood with Reba McEntire in a scene from the film 'North', 1994. (Photo by Columbia Pictures/Getty Images)
Elijah Wood in a scene from the film 'North', 1994. (Photo by Columbia Pictures/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - MARCH 10: Actor Elijah Wood attends the 20th Annual NATO/ShoWest Convention - Final Awards Night Banque on March 10, 1994 at Goldwyn Ballroom, Bally's Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Kevin Costner talks with Elijah Wood in a scene from the film 'The War', 1994. (Photo by Universal/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, A - APRIL 3: Actor Elijah Wood attends 'The Sandlot' Westwood Premiere on April 3, 1993 at the Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Lorraine Bracco, Joseph Mazzello and Elijah Wood at the Planet Hollywood in New York City, New York (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Lorraine Bracco & Joseph Mazzello & Elijah Wood with Shane the dog (real name is Vilos) at the premiere for Radio Flyer in Los Angeles on February 20, 1992 (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
Melanie Griffith holds Elijah Wood in a scene from the film 'Paradise', 1991. (Photo by Buena Vista/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 19: Actor Elijah Wood and sister Hannah Wood attend the 'North' Beverly Hills Premiere on July 19, 1994 at the Academy Theatre in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
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Elijah Wood during 1994 ShoWest in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 1996: Elijah Wood at a premiere in Los Angeles in 1996 (Photo by Vinnie Zuffante/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 2: Actress Lexi Randall, director John Avnet and actor Elijah Wood attend 'The War' Beverly Hills Premiere on November 2, 1994 at the Academy Theatre in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Elijah Wood in publicity portrait for the film 'Flipper', 1996. (Photo by Universal/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - MAY 5: Actor Elijah Wood attends the 'Flipper' Universal City Premiere on May 5, 1996 at the Cineplex Odeon Universal City Cinemas in Universal City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - MAY 11: Actor Elijah Wood attends the Ninth Annual Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards on May 11, 1996 at Universal Studios in Universal City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - JULY 12: Actor Elijah Wood attends the 15th Annual Video Software Dealers Association (VSDA) Convention and Expo on July 12, 1996 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - DECEMBER 14: Actor Elijah Wood attends the 'Titanic' Hollywood Premiere on December 14, 1997 at the Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - AUGUST 24: Actor Elijah Wood attends the '54' Hollywood Premiere on August 24, 1998 at the Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 13: Jordana Brewster and Elijah Wood attending party for movie 'Faculty' at Moomba. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
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UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 10: Liv Tyler & Elijah Wood, 'Lord Of The Rings:the Fellowship Of The Ring' World Movie Premiere Held At The Odeon In Leicester Square, London. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Actor Elijah Wood, who plays Frodo in the film Lord Of The Rings, at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York. 12/5/2001. Photo by Todd Plitt/ImageDirect
HOLLYWOOD - DECEMBER 16: Actor Elijah Wood attends 'The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring' Hollywood Premiere on December 16, 2001 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 4: Actor Elijah Wood attends the First Annual AFI Awards on January 4, 2002 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
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Elijah Wood during 2002 GQ Men of the Year Awards - Arrivals at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - DECEMBER 15: Actor Elijah Wood attends the film premiere of 'The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers' at the Cineramadome Arclight Complex on December 15, 2002 in Hollywood, California. The film opens worldwide on December 18, 2002 (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Elijah Wood during 2003 MTV Movie Awards - Press Room at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Elijah Wood during 'The Lord Of The Rings:The Return Of The King' Los Angeles Premiere - Red Carpet at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage)
Elijah Wood during screening of 'Lord of The Rings: The Return of the King' at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/FilmMagic)
Elijah Wood and Sean Astin during 56th Annual Directors Guild of America Awards - Pressroom at Century City Plaza in Century City, California, United States. (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 16: Actor Elijah Wood visits the W Lounge on day 8 of Olympus Fashion Week Spring 2006 at Bryant Park September 16, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
Elijah Wood during 2005 Toronto Film Festival - 'Everything Is Illuminated' Portraits at HP Portrait Studio in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by J. Vespa/WireImage)
Elijah Wood during 2006 Cannes Film Festival - Paris, Je T'Aime Photo Call at Palais du Festival in Cannes, France. (Photo by Tony Barson Archive/WireImage)
Elijah Wood at the Earls Court 2 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ferdaus Shamim/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 2: Actor Elijah Wood talks at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on November 2, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Piyal Hosain/Fotos International/Getty Images)
Elijah Wood during AFI Fest 2006 Black Tie Opening Night Gala and US Premiere of Emilio Estevez's 'Bobby' - Arrivals in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 21: Elijah Wood at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, California on August 21, 2009. (Photo by Munawar Hosain/Fotos International/Getty Images) Reproduction by American tabloids is absolutely forbidden.
SANTA MONICA, CA - AUGUST 19: Actor Elijah Wood attends the Style Your Sole Party at the Viceroy Hotel on August 19, 2009 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by John M. Heller/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO - APRIL 25: Actor and recipient of the Midnight Award Elijah Wood attends the 52nd San Francisco International Film Festival's 3rd Annual Midnight Awards at the W San Francisco on April 25, 2009 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Actors Elijah Wood and Robin Williams attend the 'Happy Feet Two' Los Angeles Premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on November 13, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Elijah Wood attends the Los Angeles Confidential Magazine's 2011 Pre-Emmy Party at The London Hotel on September 15, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 17: Actor Elijah Wood arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Shut Up And Play The Hits' at ArcLight Hollywood on July 17, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 15: American actor Elijah Wood attends 'El Hormiguero' Tv show at Vertice Studio on October 15, 2013 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 15: Actor Elijah Wood attends the premiere of 'Grand Piano' at Capitol cinema on October 15, 2013 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Fotonoticias/FilmMagic)
US actor Elijah Wood attends a press conference in Mumbai on September 3, 2015. Woods, who is also a DJ, is in India on a tour with his group Wooden Wisdom with fellow DJ Zach Cowie. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 22: Actor Elijah Wood attends Applegate's 'Reel Food' Cafe featuring Wholly Guacamole during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival at The Village at the Lift on January 22, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for Applegate)
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The Telegraph also reported that Anne Henry -; the co-founder of Bizparents, which provides support to child actors -; says that her organization is currently supporting 100 abusers and that a "tsunami" of claims were on the way.

Wood expressed that the issue of abuse continues since victims "can't speak as loudly as people in power."

"That's the tragedy of attempting to reveal what is happening to innocent people," he said. "They can be squashed but their lives have been irreparably damaged."

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