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Barbara Walters slammed over abuse interview

BARBARA Walters is the latest star to find herself sucked into the death spiral of disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

An old video of Walters shutting down actor Corey Feldman when he spoke out about sex abuse in Hollywood on The View is recirculating, with calls for Walters to apologise, Fox News reports.

Feldman, who has spoken publicly about the abuse he suffered along with fellow '80s star Corey Haim, appeared on the US show in 2013.

Corey Haim (left) and Corey Feldman in the 1987 film 'The Lost Boys'
Corey Haim (left) and Corey Feldman in the 1987 film 'The Lost Boys'

He did not shy away from speaking out about the powerful person in Hollywood who harmed him. Walters challenged his claim in the sit-down interview.

The video is making the rounds as Hollywood reels from the Weinstein sex abuse scandal. The producer has denied the allegations.

This isn't the first time Walters has been taken to task for her interviewing style.

The American journalist has often been criticised for indulging the powerful in Hollywood.

She made headlines in 2014 for defending Woody Allen amid resurfaced molestation allegations.

The new criticism also comes one month after reports surfaced that she is "forgetful, fearful of falling, and isolated."

Her representative, Cindi Berger, told Fox News at the time that the reports were false, adding: "I see Barbara every two to three weeks and she's fine. I'm actually seeing her next week for tea."

Walters isn't the only network bigwig taking heat.

NBC News president Noah Oppenheim has been slammed for killing journalist Ronan Farrow's investigation into the scandalised producer. The story was subsequently run by New York Magazine. Farrow is the estranged son of Woody Allen.

Oppenheim, who's denied any ties to Weinstein, is now facing allegations that he sat at the same table as Weinstein at a glamorous New York gala in April.

This story was originally published by Fox News and has been republished here with permission.

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