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Posts Tagged ‘Jason James Murphy’

Former Little House Star Picks Up Where Corey Feldman Left Off

As we reported in August, an interview given by Corey Feldman to Nightline alleging that pedophilia is rampant in Hollywood begs for a more thorough journalistic investigation. That hasn’t quite happened, yet, but with the recent LA Times revelations about casting associate Jason James Murphy and last week’s indictment of LA personal manager Marty Weiss, the issue is front and center once again.

Most notably via a December 5 FoxNews.com report by Meaghan Murphy. Among those the reporter spoke to was 49-year-old former Little House on the Prairie star Alison Arngrim (pictured), who detailed her own personal experiences with sexual abuse in the 2010 book Confessions of a Prairie Bitch. On the heels of Feldman’s August allegations, she shares some equally shocking recollections:

“This has been going on for a very long time,” concurs Arngrim. “It was the gossip back in the ‘80s. People said, ‘Oh yeah, the Coreys [Feldman, Haim], everyone’s had them.’ People talked about it like it was not a big deal…”

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LA Times Reporters Expose Casting Associate’s Child Molester Past

It’s a sensational storyline: convicted sex offender Jason James Murphy, under cover of a shortened name, makes his way to Hollywood and finds success as a casting associate, working on films such as Bad News Bears, School of Rock, Super 8 and forthcoming biopic The Three Stooges.

The LA Times article in question by Dawn Chmielewski and Harriet Ryan, with additional reporting from several colleagues, is also the kind of bellwether piece that leads to real-world changes. Expect the Casting Society of America and-or other unions and guilds to re-examine the background check procedures currently in place for casting office employees.

Since the story was first posted last night, it has been picked up by dozens of other outlets, starting with the Hollywood Reporter and continuing through to everyone from AP to the UK’s Daily Mail (which shoddily fails to credit LAT). The Washington state mugshot of Murphy (pictured) is extremely unsettling, since he looks more like an actor auditioning for a role than a criminal staring at jail time.

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