Todd Bridges Pushes For Bill To Protect Child Actors From Hollywood Molesters
Corey Feldman is down for the cause too
Today former child stars Todd Bridges and Corey Feldman are playing in perhaps the biggest roles of their well-documented careers. Both of them are publicly backing a bill that seeks to protect child actors from predatory molesters in Hollywood.
The bill calls for criminal background checks and fingerprints on any person applying to become talent managers, photographers or other positions that involve unsupervised access to child performers. It will also ban registered sex offenders from representing artists who are minors.
A similar bill was proposed in 2006, but died in the Senate. This new version of the bill comes on the heels of two incidents where Hollywood workers were caught molesting children.
"I cannot imagine why even one politician would object to it passing," says Bridges. "Without these types of precautions, Hollywood will continue to attract pedophiles with an unmonitored playing field to commit their inhumane acts."
Bridges knows first hand of the downward spiral that child predators can have on a young life. In his biography Killing Willis, he speaks of being molested by a man who was introduced to his family by the late Rev. James Cleveland (yes, that James Cleveland). He says the years of abuse, compounded by no one other than his mother believing him, sent him down a road of questioning his own sexuality and drug abuse.
"I was so angry and so mad," Bridges tells the LA Times. "He was a grown man. He should not have done that."
The bill's author, Assembly woman Nora Campos adds, "If this bill can help save one child from the pain and consequences of being made a victim, then it is worth every effort."
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