For 8 installments now, Vin Diesel and company have been crafting Hollywood gold film after film with the Fast & Furious franchise, a film series that has grossed billions of dollars globally. With that many installments however, the Fast & Furious family is rather large with the number of individuals on and off screen that have contributed to the franchise’s success. Despite their contributions however, not all of these individuals should be revered: this week, an actress accused Rob Cohen, director of the first Fast & Furious film among others, of sexually assaulting her in 2015.
The actress, who has remained anonymous in NYPD police reports, informed authorities that her intentions with Cohen were to discuss an upcoming television pilot that she may be a fiit for at his Manhattan apartment. The night ended however with Cohen slipping GHB into the actress’ drink and taking advantage of her in a heavily intoxicated state. While we will spare the specifics, the woman was detailed in her recounting of what had taken place and her words paint Cohen as a sick man. She is not alone in her accusations either, as Italian actress Asia Argento and Cohen’s own daughter have come out and spoken upon similar experiences with Cohen that highlight his depravity.
While Cohen and his representatives have denied these claims up and down, the accusations against the director are rather grim to say the least. Though his heyday may be behind him, peaking in 2001 and 2002 when he directed The Fast and the Furious and xXx, his future could be much darker. While the adage in America is innocent until proven guilty, Cohen may have a more difficult time maintaining his innocence than trying to disprove his guilt. Given how Harvey Weinstein’s case has gone so far, it is difficult to imagine Mr. Cohen will have an easy time either.