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Corey Feldman calls marijuana arrest days after making Hollywood child sexual abuse allegations a 'shakedown'

Feldman has spoken about the alleged abuse on a number of occasions 

Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith
Thursday 26 October 2017 13:37 BST
Corey Feldman arrested on a marijuana charge

Former Hollywood actor Corey Feldman has been arrested on a marijuana charge in Louisiana after his tour bus was pulled over for speeding, days after he made headlines for speaking about allegations of paedophilia in Hollywood.

Feldman, who is currently on tour with his band, was taken to Mangham police station and charged with speeding, driving under suspension and possession of marijuana, KNOE8News reported. He was released after paying a fine.

After pulling the bus over, officers found the 46-year-old's licence had been suspended, police chief Perry Fleming said.

After taking Feldman and four of his crew to the police station, an officer smelled marijuana and searched Feldman. Five other people in the crew were charged with separate offences.

Feldman tweeted about the encounter, claiming that he was not arrested or put in jail but received a misdemeanour due to a member of his crew possessing medical marijuana on his bus, and called the timing “ironic”.

“No illegal or street drugs were found on the bus at all! Which is why nobody spend the night in jail,” he wrote, calling the encounter “a bit of a good ol’ shakedown”.

“After we paid them in cash, they asks for pictures and autographs, then called the local paper to do interviews. I do find the timing of this all ironic,” he added.

Feldman, who has previously made allegations about being sexually abused when he was younger, sent a series of tweets on Friday stating that he will not name his or "anyone else's" abuser, but stated he would "love others to come forward".

“For the record: I will not be going on a talk show to disclose names of my abuser or anyone else’s abusers. So please stop asking me to do so,” he wrote.

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“Also let me add, this is not about fear of being sued! Yes that’s a real possibility but the bigger reason is safety for my family.”

He added that he would “love others to come forward as there are many other witnesses to the crimes I have addressed. Still not one of my peers has offered anything up in a decade”.

Feldman, who starred in many films with friend Corey Haim, has spoken of the alleged abuse they were both subjected to on a number of occasions.

In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter last year, Feldman said that Haim, who died in 2010 of pneumonia following long-running issues with drug addiction, “had more direct abuse than I did”.

“With me, there were some molestations and it did come from several hands, so to speak, but with Corey, his was direct rape, whereas mine was not actual rape. And his also occurred when he was 11. My son is 11 now and I can’t even begin to fathom the idea of something like that happening to him. It would destroy his whole being,” he said at the time.

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