AceShowbiz - Elijah Wood took to Twitter to set the record straight on his statements about pedophilia and child abuse in Hollywood. "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of The King" actor said he didn't actually have first-hand knowledge about the matter, though a recent interview with the Sunday Times implied so.
"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."
On Sunday, May 22 during the interview, the 35-year-old actor hinted that entertainment industry in Hollywood was filled with "a lot of vipers." He 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 actor, he wasn't a victim of abuse because his mother Debra was very protective.
Wood stressed that he made such comment because he was 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 explained.
"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."