Vin Dieselin hittielokuvista The Fast and the Furious (2001) ja xXx (2002) parhaiten tunnettu ohjaaja Rob Cohen on vakavien syytösten kohteena.
Rob Cohenin vanhin tytär Valkyrie Weather julkaisi viikonlopun alla Facebook-päivityksen, jossa hän ilmoitti isänsä raiskanneen hänet lapsena. ”Äitini todisti yhden kerran, joka tapahtui kun olin 2-2,5 vuotta vanha, ja on myöhemmin vahvistanut asian”, Weather ilmoitti. Samassa yhteydessä hän kertoi ohjaajan raiskanneen ainakin yhden naisen tämän nukkuessa.
Koko päivityksen voit lukea alta:
Rob Cohen on ilmoittanut The Hollywood Reporterin kautta, että häntä kohtaan esitetyt syytökset ovat ”kategorisesti perättömiä”.
Lehti julkaisi Cohenin koko vastineen Facebook-kirjoitukseen. Se kuuluu seuraavasti:
This is extremely painful. My beloved child has accused me of the most awful thing imaginable. Knowing that it is categorically untrue is painful enough. Having to write this and saying that my kid is not telling the truth is heart wrenching. I hope and pray that one day, my child will come into the realization that no matter what anyone says or tries to convince her was the case when she was a child, it is both untrue and unimaginable.
When Valkyrie’s (Kyle at the time) mom and I were getting divorced, she accused me during the custody court proceedings of many things, including a similar accusation to this one. After a very long trial, the court appointed psychiatrist awarded me full custody, in spite of these false accusations. Subsequently, my ex-wife appealed, and after another lengthy trial, I was awarded full custody once again. At this point Kyle was about 14 years old, and when asked about his preference on which parent to live with, he chose me.
Recently, my child chose to live her life authentically and transition to the woman she is today. When she wrote me about it, I told her that she has my continued love and support, as well as how beautiful and brave I think she is. I have kept these emails, as I have many things that have to do with my children. I will continue to support any son or daughter of mine and encourage them to be their authentic selves. I have never raped anyone. I know I have been married multiple times, but that is because I fall in love and I still believe in the institution of marriage and family. I am blessed to have wonderful children and as God is my witness, I have never harmed any of them. I may have not been a perfect husband. I am, as all of us are, a person and a parent who has made mistakes along the way, but never ever would I harm any of my children, or any child for that matter.
I am in great despair now. I am certain certain that my daughter Valkyrie is also hurting. I pray that she will come to know the truth, and that one day in the future, we can all be whole again.
The Fast and the Furiousin ja xXx:n lisäksi Rob Cohen tunnetaan myös elokuvista Stealth (2005), Daylight (1996) ja Alex Cross (2012).