Elijah Wood Clarifies: I Don’t Have First-Hand Knowledge Of Hollywood Child Abuse

Katie Jerkovich Entertainment Reporter

Elijah Wood clarified statements he made in the UK’s Sunday Times about Hollywood “preying” on innocent children and protecting perpetrators, saying that he does not have first-hand knowledge of Hollywood child sex abuse. (RELATED: ‘Lord Of The Rings’ Star: Hollywood Is Full Of Child Abusers)

“The Sunday Times interviewed me about my latest film but the story became about something else entirely,” he tweeted Monday. “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 continued. “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.”


In the article Wood was quoted as saying “People with parasitic interests will see you as their prey.” Adding, “There are a lot of vipers in this industry.” And said, “There is a darkness in the underbelly.”