Director Rob Cohen at the Los Angeles premiere of his movie 'Alex Cross' at the Cinerama Dome, Hollywood.

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Asia Argento accuses ‘xXx’ director Rob Cohen of sexual assault

They worked together on the first 'xXx' film in 2002.


Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

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Posted on Jan 25, 2021

Actress and director Asia Argento has shared a new accusation of sexual assault regarding filmmaker Rob Cohen. Best known for launching the Fast and Furious and xXx franchises, Cohen worked with Argento on the first xXx movie in 2002.

Speaking to Italian media outlets last week, Argento said, “It’s the first time I’m talking about Cohen. He abused me, making me drink [date rape drug] GHB, he had a bottle of it.” She alleged that he assaulted her while they were filming xXx, adding that she discussed the incident in her upcoming autobiography.

Argento was previously a key figure in the Harvey Weinstein scandal, coming forward with public accusations of sexual assault. This led her to leave her home country of Italy due to media backlash in 2017. Soon after, Argento herself faced a similar accusation from the actor Jimmy Bennett, who claimed she sexually assaulted him when he was 17 years old and she was 37. This made her an increasingly complicated figure in the #MeToo movement. Argento said that she previously had no plans to discuss her allegations regarding Rob Cohen, wanting to avoid another “storm” of publicity. However, she chose to come forward after hearing of two other women accusing Cohen of sexual abuse.

Cohen was accused by an anonymous woman in a 2019 Huffington Post article. She related a similar allegation to Argento’s, involving a date-rape drug followed by a physical assault. Cohen’s daughter Valkyrie Weather also accused him of molesting her as a child, an allegation that came to light earlier in 2019.

Cohen has denied all three of these allegations through a representative, describing Argento’s accusation as “bewildering,” and highlighting the fact that the assault allegedly took place in 2002. However, it is not unusual for sexual abuse survivors to stay quiet about their experiences for years or even decades, only coming forward after a precipitating event.

H/T to Variety

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*First Published: Jan 25, 2021, 11:30 am CST