The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office told Fox News that they found a 1993 recording of actor Corey Feldman naming abusers. The recording comes from the office’s investigation of Michael Jackson. A boy accused Jackson of molestation, and police interviewed several people who knew the singer to gather more interview. During this process, they interviewed then 17-year-old Feldman, who apparently informed them of several Hollywood people who either abused him or other children.
Following the recent inquiries into the Sheriff’s Office interview of Mr. Feldman in 1993, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office conducted an additional review for any stored items remaining from the Michael Jackson investigation. In a container which included the original reports from the investigation, the Sheriff’s Office located some detective working copies of audio recordings made during the investigation. A copy of Mr. Feldman’s interview was located. The recording is being turned over to the Los Angeles Police Department. Due to the fact that this case involves the alleged sexual abuse of a child, we are unable to comment further and any documentation or evidence related to this case is exempt from release.
There are several things worth note. First, the office stated in October that Feldman had never given them any names. This was in response to Feldman stating in an interview that he had already told the police about the abusers years ago. The office issued the following statement:
We are aware of the statements that Mr. Feldman is making regarding an investigation in 1993. Our records do not indicate that he named any suspects.
That gave the impression that Feldman lied. How convenient then that the office found the recording a few weeks later.
Likewise, how very convenient that “due to the fact that this case involves the alleged sexual abuse of a child, we are unable to comment further and any documentation or evidence related to this case is exempt from release.”
Not to sound conspiratorial, however, that does give the office some time to notify anybody Feldman mentioned. That brings us to the second point: how convenient that the office “lost” the recording during the Jackson investigation, only to “find” it 24 years later in the heat of the current sexual abuse hysteria.
How did they “stumble” on to the tape? Where was it tucked away, hidden from prying eyes all this time? Let us also run through the logic of what the police did at the time: they investigated Michael Jackson for molestation. They interview a well-known child actor, probably assuming Jackson molested him, only to have that actor name someone else. Yet somehow, that accusation given by a minor, which would have been well within the statute of limitations, did not result in any investigation.
Let me repeat that: 17-year-old Corey Feldman told the police someone abused him, and that accusation did not result in any investigation.
Come to today, and nothing can be done because the statute of limitations expired. How incredibly convenient. It almost as if someone deliberately buried the recording and told anyone in the know to play stupid so that no charges would be filed against whomever Feldman accused.
Again, I do not want to sound conspiratorial, however, it does appear that the police did cover this up. The only plausible explanations are that the police were so caught up in the Jackson investigation that they forgot about Feldman’s recording, that they genuinely lost the recording for 24 years, or that they deliberately ignored Feldman’s accusations.
The first seems improbable as the officer or detective who interviewed Feldman could have handled his case. The second seems equally improbable as it is unlikely that the police would randomly stumble upon the recording now when the media is focused on Hollywood sex scandals. The most probable explanation is that someone knew of the recording, hid it, and either decided to release it now because of all the media attention or someone not involved in the original 1993 investigation made this decision.
Legally speaking, there is nothing stopping Feldman from publicly naming whomever he mentioned in the recording. According to his attorney, the actor has a copy of the recording. He could leak this to the press, who would, one would assume, release the audio to the public. However, the media has been rather complicit in hiding this type of abuse for years. It is only because of the numerous accusations that the media has had to report it.
We will see what comes of this recording. I do not know who Feldman named, nor do I have any speculations about the potential fall out. It is possible that anyone he named may have died in the intervening 24 years. It is also possible that Feldman may be the only person to accuse the person or people of abuse. We will have to wait until either the police or Feldman release the audio recording to find out.