Actor Elijah Wood has cleared up his comments about child sex abuse in Hollywood saying he does not have any first hand knowledge of the same. Wood, who began his career in Hollywood at the age of eight, claimed in an interview to the Sunday Times that Hollywood has been gripped by child sexual abuse cases similar to the Jimmy Savile scandal in the UK.
The 35-year-old The Lord of the Rings star said the newspaper interviewed him about his latest film The Trust, but the story was about something else, said The Hollywood Reporter.
“The Sunday Times interviewed me about my latest film, but the story became about something else entirely. 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,” Wood said.
The actor went to say that he had clarified the writer of not having any first-hand experience of abuse in his career in the industry. “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 first hand experience or observation of the topic, so I cannot speak with any authority beyond articles I have read and films I have seen,” he added.
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 organised. There are a lot of vipers in this industry, people who only have their own interests in mind,” Wood said.
Asked if he thinks sex crimes are “still a problem for Hollywood,” he said that “these things probably still are happening.”