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Robert Downery Jr. did not "blow the whistle" on a supposed "elite Hollywood pedophile ring," despite an outrageous report. Gossip Cop can expose what's going on with this misleading story.

The website Neon Nettle, which mixes real news and fake, is falsely blaring in a headline, "Robert Downey Jr. Blows the Whistle on Elite Hollywood Pedophile Ring." The accompanying article begins, "Movie star Robert Downey Jr. has made a shocking revelation and lifted the lid on a major Hollywood pedophile ring that connects powerful Elites 'all over the globe.' The Iron Man star has gone on the record to expose a huge network of pedophilia, prostitution, and human trafficking that involves a whole host of, what he calls, 'sick f*cks.'"

This is a complete lie. Downey has not "gone on the record" about anything related to pedophilia. If he had, media across the world would be covering it. But the only outlet making these assertions is this dubious site, which wrongly alleges, "Not only has he named some well known Hollywood celebrities, but he's also ousted one of the most powerful people in America." That's also a lie Downey has not "ousted" anyone.

"Mr. Downey is one of a long line of stars to come forward to expose pedophilia in politics and the entertainment industry, but up to know, he's been the most forth coming with names and details," claims the website, further contending, "In a statement, he said one of his reasons is that he wants to 'right some wrongs.'" These are more lies. The actor did not release any kind of statement.

The quotes to which the site refers are five-year-old comments from a blind-item gossip blog. At the time, unfounded rumors swirled on similar blogs that Downey could be behind the unsubstantiated posts, which were about alleged Hollywood sex scandals. It was never confirmed that the actor actually made any such comments, and no reputable press attributed the anonymous remarks to him. Now several years later, this outlet is not only using those old comments to unequivocally declare they were said by Downey, but is also further misrepresenting things by making readers think he only just this week made such claims.

"Robert Downey Jr. coming forward in this way has been an extremely brave move and a sign that the veil is slowly being lifted," adds the outlet. In actuality, the veil is being lifted on Neon Nettle, which has a disturbing history of publishing fake news linking celebrities to pedophilia. Earlier this month, for example, the site outright lied by falsely claiming Katy Perry said "sick pedophiles control the music industry." Like Downey, she has said absolutely nothing about pedophilia in Hollywood. These stars are being wrongly and unfairly connected to a serious topic by a website looking for hits.

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.


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