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

Katie Jerkovich Entertainment Reporter
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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.”