If you saw the movie “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” you know who Alex Winter is. He was “Bill,” to Keanu’s “Ted.”
Well, he’s now a producer and he’s put together a documentary that probably has a lot of Hollywood pedophiles and power-players a bit nervous right now.
Winter does not appear in the documentary titled “Showbiz Kids,” but he has opened up about his own abuse. Winters confessed that he was sexually abused at the tender age of 12-years-old by an adult during the filming of a show back in the 1970s.
Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure star Alex Winter has revealed that he was sexually abused as a child actor in the 1970s and said that the #Metoo movement has been a “light bulb” moment, making it easier for people to share their experiences.
Winter, speaking to the BBC’s Radio 5, said that he was abused by a man, who is now dead, but that he didn’t feel it was possible to share his story.
“Had I been older, had I had more resources, every victim goes through this whether they’re a child or adult rape victim, you hear this over and over again. All of that was irrelevant because I only had the resources I had and it was absolutely taboo in the popular vernaculars so I didn’t feel like I had any place of safety to unlock an extremely sensitive and potentially dangerous secret because there is a power dynamic that does put you in a place where you’re afraid for your own safety,” he added.
The documentary follows several very well-known “child stars,” like Elliot from “ET,” and Todd Bridges from “Different Strokes,” (who was also sexually abused by his male publicist) and several other “A-list” former child actors who share their hellish experiences in the spotlight, both on and off camera.
Former child stars are opening about sexual abuse and emotional trauma resulting from being a child actor in Bill & Ted star Alex Winter’s new HBO documentary, Showbiz Kids.
“It was a fantasy come to life,” Winter told the New York Post. “All of the Broadway giants would be backstage every night. It was an amazing memory.”
Winter — best known for portrayal of Bill S. Preston, Esq. in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure — does not appear in his documentary, because he “would have overtaken the film.” Winter, now 55, revealed to The Post that he had suffered sexual abuse at the hands of an adult during a show’s run when he was only 12-years-old.
“I didn’t feel safe talking about it for 25 years,” Winter said. “You keep [the experience] compartmentalized and it either blows apart — drugs, alcohol, suicide — or you get help, process what happened and put the pieces back together.”
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Isn’t it sick and twisted that the same people who lecture you and me about how “racist” and “awful” we are, work in this depraved industry that sexually abuses children and women on a regular basis and they all know it happens, yet they do nothing to stop it because they don’t want their own careers ruined?
Yet, we’re the so-called “monsters.”
This piece was written by Missy Crane on July 12, 2020. It originally appeared in WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.
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