Elijah Wood Clarifies Comments About Hollywood 'Underbelly': 'I Have No First-Hand Experience'

by Zach Seemayer 10:02 PM PDT, May 23, 2016
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Elijah Wood took to Twitter on Monday to clarify statements he made regarding alleged pedophilia and child abuse in the "underbelly" of Hollywood during a recent interview with the Sunday Times.

"The Sunday Times interviewed me about my latest film but the story became about something else entirely," Wood said in a series of tweets. "It prompted a number of false and misleading headlines."

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Wood -- who began acting at an early age and appeared, in his youth, in such films as Flipper, The Good Son and North -- told the Sunday Times that show business is filled with "a lot of vipers."

Wood also alleged, "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." According to the 35-year-old Lord of the Rings star, he managed to avoid predators because his mother, Debra, protected him.

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Wood claims the comments he made were not meant to be the focus of the interview, and that his statements were inspired by a documentary he recently watched.

"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," Wood wrote.

"Let me be clear: This subject of child abuse is an important one that should be discussed and properly investigated," he continued. "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."

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For more on Wood's comments about those in Hollywood with "parasitic interests" who see innocent young Hollywood hopefuls "as their prey," check out the video below.