Young actors in Hollywood are driven by the promise of fame and success and relying on personal relationships with industry insiders can prove to be one of the only ways to land a break. “An Open Secret” a new documentary by Oscar-nominated director, Amy Berg, brings light to the rampant problem of sexual abuse of minors in Hollywood. This is a movie that needs to be seen, but will leave you with a sick feeling in your stomach.
With first hand accounts from former child actors, those who made it and those who didn’t, the film introduces prominent abusers like former media mogul and founder of Digital Entertainment Network, Marc Collins-Rector, who has since fled the US to Europe. (Also interesting to note is that a major investor in DEN was David Geffen, the 71 year old billionaire known for dating young men.) Former manager to stars like Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire, Bob Villard, was sentenced to 8 years for charges stemming from child pornography and committing a lewd act with a minor. The list goes on and on– particularly disturbing are the accounts of parties held at the home of Marc Collins-Rector and Chad Shackley. Victim Michael Egan stated in a lawsuit against X-Men director, Bryan Singer,
“At the house, it was drugs put in drinks. Liquor poured down my throat. Rules in the house: No swimsuits, no clothes out by the pool area. I was raped numerous times in that house. Various types of sexual abuse. You were like a piece of meat to these people. They’d pass you around between them.… If I could define what that house was, it’s evil.”
Author, Ann Coulter, who attended the LA premiere said, “It’s a very disturbing movie.
The more people that know about it the better. Amy Berg is a VERY talented
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Ann Coulter and Evan Henzi at the Beverly Hills Premiere of “An Open Secret” (Photo Credit: Michael Bezjian, WireImage)