Rob Cohen, director of the first film in the “Fast & Furious” series, has denied an allegation of sexual misconduct that was made against him Saturday.
The filmmaker is accused in a new Huffpost report of sexually assaulting a 28-year-old woman, identified as Jane, four years ago after allegedly meeting at a cigar lounge to discuss working together on a TV project.
In the report, Jane claimed Cohen bought her a drink at the cigar club, then encouraged her to have some wine at a restaurant they went to afterward. She asserts she regained consciousness during the alleged assault in a hotel room.
“I have never assaulted, raped, drugged or molested anyone,” Cohen said in a statement to Deadline. “I have never belonged to any cigar club, and certainly was never there with ‘Jane’. (Out of restraint, I won’t reveal her real name).”
Cohen was previously accused of molestation by his daughter, Valkyrie Weather, who is transgender. Weather, 32, made that allegation in February, claiming the molestation occurred when she was a young child.
“My mother witnessed one of the assaults when I was between 2 and 2½ years old, and has since confirmed what she saw,” Weather wrote at the time.
Her mother, Diana Mitzner, claimed to The Hollywood Reporter in February that she had witnessed an alleged assault.
Cohen denied that allegation at the time, and reiterated his denial in the statement to Deadline on Saturday.
“This hateful campaign that my daughter is waging against me, and by her own admission only affirmed by her mother, is why this is happening to me,” Cohen said. “This is the same mother that the court has awarded sole custody to me over twice, even though I was a single father at the time. We all know family courts don’t award sole custody to a person who molests their children.”
Jane contacted Weather in February after seeing her Facebook post but did not want to come forward with her own allegation at the time, according to HuffPost.
In addition to “The Fast and The Furious,” which came out in 2001, Cohen directed 2008’s “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.”