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Two former teen idols back bill to protect child actors
http://articles.latimes.com ^ | April 18, 2012| | By Dawn C. Chmielewski

Posted on 05/06/2012 6:33:17 AM PDT by Maelstorm

Todd Bridges and Corey Feldman, both of whom were molested by men with Hollywood connections, support legislation to require fingerprinting and background checks for those with unsupervised access to child performers.

Three decades ago, they were teen idols. Todd Bridges played Willis on the popular sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes." Corey Feldman starred in "Gremlins,""The Goonies" and "The Lost Boys."

The two men held the same dark secret: Each had been molested in his adolescence by men with Hollywood connections, experiences that would lead to downward spirals and years of drug addiction.

Today, they are making a highly public case for California legislation they hope will protect child actors from sexual predators, a problem they say continues to bedevil the entertainment industry.

"We're not doing enough to protect children, period," Bridges said.

The bill that the two actors support would require talent managers, photographers and others whose jobs involve unsupervised access to child performers to provide fingerprints and submit to criminal background checks. It also would prohibit registered sex offenders from representing artists who are minors.

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KEYWORDS: actors; child; molest; sourcetitlenoturl
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To: Morgana

Tara Banks said this on the first season of America’s Top Model


41 posted on 05/10/2012 1:52:09 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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