(Image Source: KTLA)

 

BY LAUREN ZIMA

 

ANCHOR ANA COMPAIN-ROMERO



First the Jerry Sandusky case shook the foundation of college sports. Now, three child sex abuse arrests in the past month are scandalizing Hollywood. KTLA has the story of the latest arrest.

CAROLYN COSTELLO: “For more than 14 years, Marty Weiss has surrounded himself with children. Tuesday night police arrested the 47-year-old talent agent at his Santa Monica home where he coached child actors -- charging him with molestation. ... Weiss’ neighbor and friend, who does not wish to be identified, tells us dozens of parents brought their kids to Weiss’ home and waited outside while Weiss worked with their kids inside his home.”
NEIGHBOR: “Marty always said he was just a big kid at heart.”


Weiss’ arrest comes after a 35-year-old casting agent who cast children’s films like “The School of Rock” was discovered to be a registered sex offender convicted of kidnapping and sexually abusing a boy. Also in November, a 59-year-old man who worked as a composer on “Sesame Street” was arraigned for sexually abusing a child.

After the casting agent’s history was discovered, Deadline Hollywood wrote that child protection groups are turning their eyes toward Hollywood.

“The fact that he has had so much power and opportunity to victimize kids has child protection advocates up in arms: Several say that they want unions to screen people who work with children, and to have them submit to background checks and fingerprinting.”

Still, Moviefone wonders if critics shouldn’t jump the gun -- saying the casting agent’s past may just be that -- his past.

“ … that there have been no complaints that Murphy had acted inappropriately with minors in the casting business.”

But either way, on HLN, Jane Velez-Mitchell wonders how alleged abusers go unnoticed. RadarOnline editor Dylan Howard explains.

DYLAN HOWARD: “Martin Weiss is alleged to have used very similar tactics that we’ve seen at both the Syracuse and Penn State scandals, and that is that they trapped the alleged victims into a sense of security saying, in this case, that the alleged victim should commit these acts with him -- these sexual acts -- because it was, quote ‘career-building and something that happened in the industry.’”

The November arrests come on the heels of former child star Corey Feldman’s August interview with ABC’s Nightline, in which he said that he and co-star Corey Haim were quote, “surrounded” by pedophiles as teens, and were both molested.

Feldman said pedophilia is the entertainment industry’s, quote “big secret.”

COREY FELDMAN: “I can tell you that the No. 1 problem in Hollywood was and is and always will be pedophilia.”

And in an article out Monday, Fox News spoke with former “Little House on the Prairie” star Alison Arngrim, now 49, who says she was molested as a child, and explains why abuse in the industry has stayed under wraps.

“‘Nobody wants to stop the gravy train,’ says Arngrim. ‘If a child actor is being sexually abused by someone on the show, is the family, agents or managers … going to say, ‘OK, let’s press charges’? No, because it’s going to bring the whole show to a grinding halt, and stop all the checks.’”

Child Sex Abuse Scandals Shake Hollywood

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Dec 6, 2011

Child Sex Abuse Scandals Shake Hollywood

(Image Source: KTLA)

 

BY LAUREN ZIMA

 

ANCHOR ANA COMPAIN-ROMERO



First the Jerry Sandusky case shook the foundation of college sports. Now, three child sex abuse arrests in the past month are scandalizing Hollywood. KTLA has the story of the latest arrest.

CAROLYN COSTELLO: “For more than 14 years, Marty Weiss has surrounded himself with children. Tuesday night police arrested the 47-year-old talent agent at his Santa Monica home where he coached child actors -- charging him with molestation. ... Weiss’ neighbor and friend, who does not wish to be identified, tells us dozens of parents brought their kids to Weiss’ home and waited outside while Weiss worked with their kids inside his home.”
NEIGHBOR: “Marty always said he was just a big kid at heart.”


Weiss’ arrest comes after a 35-year-old casting agent who cast children’s films like “The School of Rock” was discovered to be a registered sex offender convicted of kidnapping and sexually abusing a boy. Also in November, a 59-year-old man who worked as a composer on “Sesame Street” was arraigned for sexually abusing a child.

After the casting agent’s history was discovered, Deadline Hollywood wrote that child protection groups are turning their eyes toward Hollywood.

“The fact that he has had so much power and opportunity to victimize kids has child protection advocates up in arms: Several say that they want unions to screen people who work with children, and to have them submit to background checks and fingerprinting.”

Still, Moviefone wonders if critics shouldn’t jump the gun -- saying the casting agent’s past may just be that -- his past.

“ … that there have been no complaints that Murphy had acted inappropriately with minors in the casting business.”

But either way, on HLN, Jane Velez-Mitchell wonders how alleged abusers go unnoticed. RadarOnline editor Dylan Howard explains.

DYLAN HOWARD: “Martin Weiss is alleged to have used very similar tactics that we’ve seen at both the Syracuse and Penn State scandals, and that is that they trapped the alleged victims into a sense of security saying, in this case, that the alleged victim should commit these acts with him -- these sexual acts -- because it was, quote ‘career-building and something that happened in the industry.’”

The November arrests come on the heels of former child star Corey Feldman’s August interview with ABC’s Nightline, in which he said that he and co-star Corey Haim were quote, “surrounded” by pedophiles as teens, and were both molested.

Feldman said pedophilia is the entertainment industry’s, quote “big secret.”

COREY FELDMAN: “I can tell you that the No. 1 problem in Hollywood was and is and always will be pedophilia.”

And in an article out Monday, Fox News spoke with former “Little House on the Prairie” star Alison Arngrim, now 49, who says she was molested as a child, and explains why abuse in the industry has stayed under wraps.

“‘Nobody wants to stop the gravy train,’ says Arngrim. ‘If a child actor is being sexually abused by someone on the show, is the family, agents or managers … going to say, ‘OK, let’s press charges’? No, because it’s going to bring the whole show to a grinding halt, and stop all the checks.’”

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