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Predatory Vipers: Actor Elijah Wood Claims Hollywood Plagued by Pedophiles

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 9, 2014: Elijah Wood at the Los Angeles premiere of his movie "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" at the Dolby Theatre, Hollywood. (Featureflash Photo Agency / Shutterstock.com)

Lord of the Rings actor Elijah Wood has leveled a broad accusation at his industry, claiming that Hollywood harbors a well-connected and well-protected pedophile ring. From The Daily Mail:

Wood, who stars in his new film The Trust told The Sunday Times that his mother had protected him from abuse when he first arrived in Hollywood aged eight.

But he said: “I’ve been led down dark paths to realise that these things are probably still happening.”

The actor, who played Frodo Baggins in Lord of the Rings, believes that other actors remain in danger.

He added: “If you’re innocent, you have very little knowledge of the world and you want to succeed.”

“People with parasitic interests will see you as their prey. What upsets me about these situations is that the victims can’t speak as loudly as the people in power.”

Wood’s claim follows in the wake of director Woody Allen receiving a warm reception at the Cannes Film Festival in spite of long-standing accusations that he sexually abused his own daughter. Those accusations were recently echoed by Allen’s son. Allen shrugged them off, and the show went on.