Hoffman, the producer of An
Open Secret, a documentary about child sex abuse in Hollywood,
argued in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News this week that the
mainstream media has historically ignored red flags about potential
child abuse in the entertainment industry.
a hedge fund manager by trade, is the producer of An
Open Secret, an explosive 2015 documentary about child sex abuse
in Hollywood. Speaking with Breitbart News this week about the film,
Hoffman argued that, despite the recent #MeToo movement, the mainstream
media doesn’t seem ready to cover Hollywood’s pervasive child abuse
alleged example, according to Hoffman, is children’s television producer
Dan Schneider, who was recently dismissed from
Nickelodeon after a 20-year tenure. Schneider has long been criticized
for his unusual behavior on social media that allegedly involves an
unusual obsession with the feet of young girls. Conservative news outlet
RedState reported on
Schneider’s unusual online presence in October.
along with all his success, for years Schneider had been under a cloud
of suspicion over the treatment of some younger stars of his shows,”
Deadline Hollywood wrote in their report on
Schneider’s dismissal. “Among the things that have raised eyebrows are
his tweeted photos of the toes of his young female stars.”
years, and years, and it’s not one tweet or two tweets. It’s dozens of
tweets about kid’s feet, close-ups of kid’s feet, asking for pictures of
kid’s feet, complimenting kids on their feet with close-up pictures,”
Hoffman said in his interview with Breitbart News.
a tweet that is still public (and has been archived here),
the account for Schneider’s show “Sam & Cat” asked young viewers to
tweet back with a photo of their own feet.
Schneider linked to a photograph of a foot from one of his underage
stars. “Pic! This TOE belongs to one of the stars of one of my shows.
WHOSE TOE IS THIS:” Schneider wrote.
combine that with the video clips, which are from Dan Schneider’s shows,
which are massively inappropriate. To describe one briefly, the girl is
wearing a very skimpy tank top, she is probably 14 years old and looks
like she is 12. She is laying on her back in a bed…she’s got a bottle of
water and she’s spaying it all over herself like it’s a porno shoot with
an orgasm scene,” Hoffman said.
internet threads on Twitter and
Reddit compile the inappropriate sequences that have taken place in
Schneider’s television shows. Many scenes feature an unusual focus on
commented, “Is this evidence of child sex abuse in itself? No. But that
is a reason for the mainstream media to ask some darn questions. Take a
meeting at Nickelodeon and show them all of this stuff and say
‘hey, are you cool with this? What’s the story here? This looks
would just tell you that I have personally pitched that story to dozens
of people in the mainstream media for years,” Hoffman said. As far as
Hoffman is aware, no mainstream media outlet has asked Nickelodeon about
Schneider’s bizarre social media presence. “Nobody would do that simple
investigation,” Hoffman said.
Hoffman says that there are a few journalists in the mainstream media
that are chasing stories about child sex abuse at Nickelodeon.
Open Secret, which is available
to watch for free online, tells the story of several young men who
were sexually abused or allegedly sexually abused by adults in
Hollywood. The documentary focuses on several abusers who have been
either charged or convicted of child sex abuse crimes. The
documentary even includes an on-camera confession of child sex abuse
from a suspected perpetrator.
the end of the interview, Hoffman highlighted a new California
law that allows victims of sexual abuse to speak about their
abuse even if they had signed a non-disclosure agreement.
provision within a settlement agreement that prevents the disclosure of
factual information related to the action is prohibited in any civil
action the factual foundation for which establishes a cause of action
for civil damages for any of the following” including “childhood sexual
abuse,” the law reads.