Corey Feldman is defending himself against critics wondering why he wants to make a feature film about his allegations of an alleged Hollywood "pedophile ring"instead of simply revealing the names of those involved.
The actor, who gained popularity as a child star in '80s films like The Goonies and Stand by Me, was interviewed by Matt Lauer on Today Monday morning, and addressed critics of his plan, including the mother of his late friend and former co-star Corey Haim.
Feldman said he believes children are currently being abused in Tinseltown, but defended waiting to reveal their names in his upcoming film.
He also said he told his story to the Santa Barbara Police Department back in 1993.
"(The names are) on record. (The police) have all of this information, but they were scanning Michael Jackson. All they cared about was trying to find something on Michael Jackson... who Michael was innocent," said Feldman. "I told them he is not that guy and they said, 'Well, maybe you just don't understand your friend,' and I said, 'No, I know the difference between pedophiles and somebody who's not a pedophile because I've been molested. Here's the names. Go investigate."
Feldman said he attempted to reveal names in his 2013 memoir, Coreyography, but publishers prevented him from doing so, which is why he's motivated to make a movie that doesn't require input from Hollywood executives.
"It will be a very true story. We will have everybody that affected my life," he said. "I'm going to give the perspective that I can give, what I viewed, what I experienced from a firsthand account."
Feldman is seeking $10,000,000 to make his film through an Indiegogo campaign. The money raised would also provide security for Feldman and cover legal fees, according to the pledge page. Pledges totaled more than $160,000 as of Monday morning.
Feldman told Lauer that California's statute of limitations keeps him from going to the police now.