Corey Feldman was unwilling to name new names on the Today show earlier this week, in which he discussed the sexual abuse he faced as an underage actor in Hollywood (on Today, he mentioned he previously listed manager/convicted sex offender Marty Weiss as one of his abusers). But on today’s episode of Dr. Oz, which you can watch online, Corey Feldman named a name.
Feldman confirmed that one of the men he alleges sexually abused him in the ’80s was John Grissom, his former assistant/chauffeur who Feldman landed bit roles for in License To Drive and Dream a Little Dream. Grissom has long been suspected of this, as Feldman’s 2013 memoir Coreyography noted that his abuser, whom he refers to via the pseudonym “Ron Crimson,” had roles in both movies.
In Coreyography, Feldman wrote that Grissom, who was then in his early twenties, regularly fed him pill concoctions. One day, he started touching Feldman, then 15, and performed oral sex on him, according to the memoir. After that, Feldman described, Grissom started climbing into Feldman’s bed at night. “I desperately wanted him to stop, but I was scared of losing my friend,” wrote Feldman.
Feldman didn’t name other names, but he did describe abuse, as he did during his multiple Today appearances this week. He reiterated that one of his abusers and a ringleader for the pedophile group Feldman has been describing now works for the L.A. Dodgers:
Additionally, he said that another abuser was part of the (movie) industry, “but at a very low level.”
“He was having parties for kids at his house,” said Feldman. “And he was doing it under the pretense that his father, who was the head of casting for a major studio, and I was cast by him as a child countless times and I thought he was a great guy, great old man, little old man, sweet as could be... well, so you know this father and son were having these Hollywood parties and there’d be all these kids there. Well guess what. Turns out that it wasn’t his father. They were gay lovers.”
The counterfeit father-son pair are pseudonymised in Coreography as Ralph and Bill Kaufman. Bill is referred to as a “great casting director at Paramount who had placed me in The Bad News Bears.” Though he is not directly named in Coreyography, a man named Bobby Hoffman did casting for many popular shows, including The Bad News Bears. “Ralph was throwing a party—described to me as a sort of young Hollywood mixer, a way for all the rising stars in the business to meet and mingle with one another,” wrote Feldman. During his contentious interview with Matt Lauer earlier this week, Feldman referred to the Soda Pop Club, which was run by Alphy Hoffman, who did some low-level Hollywood work.
After the aforementioned Lauer interview, Feldman was widely criticized for attempting to raise $10 million for a movie about Hollywood child abuse before naming names (including to the police). To Dr. Oz, Feldman contended that he did name names to the Santa Barbara police, though Fox News and other outlets reported that the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office said, “We are aware of the statements that Mr. Feldman is making regarding an investigation in 1993. Our records do not indicate that he named any suspects.” In response, Feldman told Dr. Oz that the recorder had been turned off when he was naming names. Regardless, Dr. Oz arranged a conversation with the LAPD, which the department refused to allow to be recorded.