There’s a possibility that Feldman could have brought charges against his father for one thing or another, but incredibly it was Bob Feldman that ended up suing his son and not the other way around. Not only was there the part about Ron Grissom (whom Feldman also alleged gave him illicit substances while he was a teenager, and would also get a little too handsy with Corey Haim around the same period) but Bob Feldman also sued his son, saying that he, Bob, was owed restitution for the time he had to take away from his own business to look after Corey and Corey’s affairs.
We’re sure that the older Feldman was notified of this, but that’s called being a parent. Perhaps this was after the emancipation, in which case we could see an argument, but still not a very good one.
Even Worse Allegations
According to Feldman, both of his parents were neglectful enough to make them someone he couldn’t trust to even keep him safe from other people who would hurt him – in the worst way. His dad hired a man named Ron Grissom who hit it off with Feldman with witty jokes. Feldman says they were really similar, and wonders if Grissom was copying him on purpose.
Grissom was a good-looking guy in his early twenties and, according to Feldman, he would eventually take advantage of Feldman in an unspeakable manner. The name was revealed in a 2016 interview, but Feldman wanted to reveal it much sooner. However, his lawyers advised him not to, saying it would leave him too vulnerable to lawsuits from Grissom. In his autobiography, Feldman used a nickname to describe the event, and he went with “Ron Crimson.”
This is an incredibly tough topic, and despite her faults, Sheila Feldman (who was going by Sheila Kenner at the time) must have believed it, right? Right? We’re afraid not. She’s claimed in interviews that much of what Corey wrote in his book “Coreyography” was untrue, and that he told her to “just go along with it.”
This has the added benefit of making her own faults look not as bad. According to Sheila, she and her son went out to dinner prior to his book coming out, and Corey said she wouldn’t like what he had to say. According to her, she responded by saying no, she wouldn’t and she also knew that most of it wasn’t going to be true. Assuming it’s false right out of the gate is a pretty bad look.
Never Let Anyone Know
It’s obvious that eventually, people were able to figure things out once he had his freedom, and once the stresses were powerful enough, but Corey also kept a lot of what was happening with his parents a secret. Rob Reiner, the director of “Stand by Me,” knew that the role that Feldman held in the film, Teddy Duchamp, was a kid who was struggling and always on the edge of doing something crazy.
The pain behind the character’s eyes was an integral part. Reiner says he saw a similar amount of pain in Feldman, but was unaware how much the child was suffering until much later. Reiner would say that Feldman didn’t let anyone know. Think about it – how easy is it to tell people you work with how much you’re hurting? Feldman might have thought he didn’t have anyone to turn to.
Like so many other kids his age, Feldman tried the traditional gateway substance for the first time when he was a teenager. It was in 1986, with his friend River Phoenix, while they were filming “Stand by Me.” More on River later. The two teens persuaded a sound engineer to let them take a hit from his stuff. Feldman says that they giggled like children, but both of them claimed they didn’t feel anything.
It was a not-uncommon thing for a kid to do at the time, but it led to a whole lot more for both of the boys. It was truly a gateway not only for harder and more dangerous substances, but rampant alcohol use as well. As we’re about to see, things quickly started getting out of hand.