Director and creator of ‘The Fast and The Furious’ franchise, Rob Cohen denies accusations of sexual abuse levied against him by his transgender daughter
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Director and creator of “The Fast and The Furious franchise, Rob Cohen denies accusations of sexual abuse levied against him by transgender daughter.
Valkyrie (born Kyle Cohen) wrote in a public Facebook post on Thursday that her father, her body “for his own sexual gratification” when she was a toddler, and that her mother, Cohen’s first wife, has been witness to at least one of the attacks.
The weather, now 32, also accused the ceo of gloating about the rape of at least one other woman in her sleep and taking her to see in the sex industry in Thailand and the Czech Republic as a teenager.
Cohen denied the allegations in a statement on Friday to The Hollywood Reporter.
“My beloved child has accused me of the most horrible thing imaginable. Knowing that it is categorically untrue is painful enough,” he said. “With this writing and said that my child not tell the truth is heartbreaking.”
He continued to defend himself with the argument that his daughter had made similar accusations in the past, during the divorce proceedings with his ex-wife, and that he was eventually awarded full custody twice.
Valkyrie (born Kyle Cohen) wrote in a public Facebook post on Thursday that her father, her body “for his own sexual gratification” when she was a toddler, and that her mother, Cohen’s first wife, has been witness to at least one of the attacks
“When Valkyrie (Kyle) mother and I were divorced, she accused me during the custody procedures, the court of many things, including a similar accusation on this,” he said. “After a very long trial period, the court-appointed psychiatrist awarded me full custody, despite these false accusations. Then, my ex-wife appealed, and after a long trial I got full custody again. At this point Kyle was about 14 years old, and when asked about his preference for which parent to live with, he chose me.”
He went on and on about the fact that he was married twice because of his faith in “the institution of marriage and the family,” and writes, point-blank, “I’ve never seen someone being raped.”
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“I am, as all of us are, a person and a parent who has made mistakes along the way, but never would I harm any of my children, or a child for that matter,” the 69-year-old said.
“I’m in great despair now. I am sure that sure that my daughter Valkyrie is also pain. I pray that they will come to know the truth, and that one day in the future, we can be whole again.”
Cohen created and directed the first “The Fast and The Furious” movie in 2001, one of the most successful Universal Pictures’ franchise of all time. He also directed “xXx” in 2002, “Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story” in 1993, and, most recently, “The Hurricane Heist” last year.
He has three children with his wife, actress Barbara Cohen: Zoe, Jasi and Sean, all at the age of 10.
Because the allegations against Cohen were made public on Thursday, which she claims to have been contacted anonymously by one of his alleged victims.
Rob Cohen, pictured with the (then Kyle Cohen), claims his daughter has made similar accusations against him in the past were unfounded.
The weather works in a vintage clothing store in Savannah, Georgia, claims that her mother witnessed her father assaulting her when she was between 2 and 2-and-a-half-year-old. She also says that when she was a teenager, Cohen began her (as Kyle) to sex sites in Asia”, presumably in an attempt to get me in the straight son that he wanted me,” she wrote.
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The insights about the breadth of the alleged abuse came, Again says, during her time the transition to a woman. A “reopening of the past” moved her to confront her mother about her suspicions of abuse, in which time her mother confirmed that she had witnessed.
Said that they reached out to Cohen after her mother’s revelation. “He said, in fact, that my mother was psychotic and compared her with the Son of Sam killer in terms of the depth of her psychosis,” she said.
Again added that she felt encouraged by the survivors of the disclosure of the long standing stories of abuse by the #MeToo movement to parts of her story.
“I no longer feel that I am this man’s loyalty. And thanks to the #metoo movement I’ve found is to speak out,” she wrote.
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“While Rob will in all probability escape the criminal code, I demand that my story be heard. I’m not looking for financial compensation, nor do I have a career to promote. My biggest hope is that others who have been hurt by Rob Cohen, the feeling that they are able to come forward.”