Elijah Wood Says His Quotes on Child Sex Abuse in Hollywood Were Misinterpreted
He wants to clarify those “false and misleading headlines.”
Elijah Wood has found himself in the spotlight for an interview he did in which pedophilia in the entertainment industry was briefly discussed.
Wood recently spoke with the Sunday Times and the subject of the late Jimmy Savile came up. Savile was a famed DJ with the BBC who, after his death, was found to have sexually abused as many of 400 children over nearly six decades.
The Lord of the Rings star reportedly said of Savile’s victims, “Jesus, it must have been devastating,” then added, “Clearly something major was going on in Hollywood. It was all organized. There are a lot of vipers in this industry, people who only have their own interests in mind. There is darkness in the underbelly. If you can imagine it, it’s probably happened.”
Being that he was once a child actor himself, Woods told the Times he was fortunate enough to have his mother protect him when he was a child, but admitted, “I’ve been led down dark paths to realize that these things probably are still happening.”
Headlines then started popping up that made it seem like Wood had firsthand knowledge of child sex abuse, but the actor told The Hollywood Reporter that he was “wildly misinterpreted” and his only frame of reference on the subject has come from news reports and the 2015 documentary film An Open Secret, directed by Amy Berg.
Wood told THR, “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.”
He added, “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 firsthand experience or observation of the topic, so I cannot speak with any authority beyond articles I have read and films I have seen.”