Rob Cohen, known for directing films like The Fast and the Furious, xXx, and The Boy Next Door, has been accused of sexual assault by his daughter, Valkyrie Weather.
Weather, a 32-year-old transgender woman, came forward with her allegation in a Thursday Facebook post. “When I was very young, Rob used my body for his own sexual gratification,” she wrote. “My mother witnessed one of the assaults when I was between two and two and a half years old, and has since confirmed what she saw."
Weather said her memory of the alleged molestation was foggy in an interview published Friday with The Hollywood Reporter. “Mostly what I remembered was the pain, the memory of the place and time, just being there, in the bath ... it was so painful that I couldn’t verbalize it for a long time."
Weather's mother, Diana Mitzner — Cohen's first wife — named Cohen as the perpetrator in a heart-to-heart following Weather's gender transition in April 2017. Mitzner confirmed witnessing the alleged assault to THR.
Cohen denied the accusations, calling them "categorically untrue" in a statement to THR."I hope and pray that one day, my child will come into the realization that no matter what anyone says or tries to convince her was the case when she was a child, it is both untrue and unimaginable," he said.
In her Facebook post, Weather said she believed she was not Cohen's only victim of sexual assault; she recounted that her father told her several times that he had raped another woman in her sleep.
Cohen also took Weather, when she was as young as age 13, to see sex workers in countries like Thailand and the Czech Republic, "presumably in an effort to turn me into the straight son that he wanted me to be," Weather alleged.
“I demonstrated from a very early age that I was probably trans and queer, and that was not the child that my dad wanted," Weather told THR. "He wanted his son to be a straight, hyper-sexual, womanizing bastard like himself. I have my own theory that he thinks that he broke me when he molested me and he was somehow trying to undo that damage by hetero-sexualizing me from a very young age.”