'Fast And The Furious' director Rob Cohen accused of sexual assault by Asia Argento

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New Delhi Published: Jan 25, 2021, 11.11 AM(IST)

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Addressing the allegations, Cohen's spokesperson said the claims made by Argento were "absolutely false".

Italian actor and director, Asia Argento, has accused 'The Fast and the Furious' director Rob Cohen of sexual abuse.

Argento, ho has been one of the most outspoken voices against sexual harassment in the entertainment industry and is an early accuser of disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein — confirmed to Variety, allegations that she made over the weekend in an interview with an Italian newspaper.

“It’s the first time I’m talking about Cohen,” Argento told the Milan daily. She claimed that Cohen abused her and made her drink GHB, an anesthetic associated with date rape. "At the time, I really didn't know what it was. I woke up in the morning naked in his bed," Argento told the publication. She alleged that the assault took place while she was filming the 2002 Cohen-directed actioner 'xXx' alongside Vin Diesel and Samuel L. Jackson.

“I confirm what [was] reported by Corriere,” Argento told Variety in a text message. “I talk about it in my autobiography,” she added.

Argento’s accusations against Cohen have been covered in her upcoming autobiography 'Anatomy of a Wild Heart,' which will be out in Italy from Jan. 26.

Speaking Saturday on Mediaset talk show Argento maintained she was initially unsure what had happened to her when she was allegedly drugged and raped. “I discovered later, speaking with a friend who opened my eyes about that substance [GHB],” she said.

Subsequently, once she fully realized, Argento said she “did not want to create another storm.” She noted, however, that “since two women have spoken against [Cohen], including his daughter,” she subsequently decided to come forth with her accusations.

Addressing the allegations, Cohen's spokesperson said the claims made by Argento were "absolutely false". "Mr. Cohen categorically denies Asia Argento's accusation of assault against him as absolutely false. When they worked together, they had an excellent working relationship and Mr. Cohen considered her a friend, so this claim dating back to 2002 is bewildering, especially given what has been reported about her in recent years," the spokesperson said in a statement issued to Deadline.

In 2019, Cohen was accused via a Huffington Post report of allegedly sexually assaulting an unnamed victim — given the name “Jane” in the article to protect her anonymity — while she was unconscious. The reported assault occurred in 2015 after Cohen invited “Jane” to a business meeting in Manhattan to discuss collaborating on a TV pilot.

Earlier in 2019, Cohen faced similar charges from his daughter Valkyrie Weather who accused him of molesting her when she was a child. Weather also accused Cohen of taking her to visit sex workers in overseas shooting locations when she was a teen. Cohen has denied the allegations in both cases.

Argento, who in 2017 became a leading #MeToo figure when she spoke out against Weinstein for Ronan Farrow’s “The New Yorker” article, was subsequently accused of sexual assault herself in 2018 by U.S. actor Jimmy Bennett, in a case that was settled after her late partner Anthony Bourdain paid Bennett $380,000 following his accusations, which Argento denied. 




 

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