Asia Argento, the Italian actress and figure of the #MeToo movement, accuses Rob Cohen, the American director of the movie “The Fast and the Furious”, of sexual abuse in an interview published this Friday by Corriere della Sera.
The 45-year-old actress and director was one of the first to report sexual abuse in the world of cinema, which has helped launch the #MeToo campaign. In 2017 she stated that the American producer Harvey Weinstein raped her in 1997, when she was 21 years old.
In the interview with the Italian newspaper, he denounces a sexual assault by Rob Cohen in 2002. “This is the first time that I speak of Cohen. He abused me by making me drink GHB, he had a bottle, “he said, referring to a drug used by rapists.
“Back then, I didn’t really know what it was. I woke up in the morning naked in her bed, ”she added, specifying that this attack occurred at the time she was starring in the movie xXx directed by Rob Cohen, along with Vin Diesel and Samuel L. Jackson.
Asia Argento confirmed the content of this interview to .. A spokesman for Rob Cohen denied the allegations.
“Mr. Cohen categorically denies the completely false accusation of sexual assault made against him by Asia Argento,” he said in a statement sent to ..
“When they worked together they had an excellent working relationship and Cohen considered her a friend, so this allegation dating from 2002 is puzzling, especially when you consider what has been said about her in recent years,” he added.
Asia Argento was accused in 2018 of sexual assault by the American actor Jimmy Bennett for events that occurred in a California hotel when he was 17 years old. She initially denied having a sexual relationship with him, but later retracted, although she denied Jimmy Bennett’s version of events.
In response to press reports stating that she paid the young American actor $ 380,000, Asia Argento explained that her partner at the time, chef Anthony Bourdain, had given her money to “respond compassionately to the request for financial aid” that Jimmy Bennett had done.
The new accusations of the Italian actress are contained in a book to be published on January 26 in Italy, “Anatomia di un cuore selvaggio” (Anatomy of a wild heart).