'Fast and the Furious' Director Rob Cohen Accused of Sexual Assault (Report)

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This allegation comes after the helmer's eldest child Valkyrie Weather accused her father of sexual assault in February.

The Fast and The Furious director Rob Cohen has been accused of sexual assault, according to a Huffington Post report.

The alleged victim, given the name "Jane" in the report to protect her anonymity, says the helmer assaulted her in 2015 when she was unconscious. The reported assault took place after after Cohen invited Jane to a business meeting in Manhattan to discuss collaborating on a TV pilot.

This allegation comes after Cohen's eldest child Valkyrie Weather accused her father of sexual assault in February, saying he molested her when she was a child. Weather also claimed Cohen took her to see sex workers in establishments in Thailand and the Czech Republic beginning when she was a teen. Cohen has denied Weather's claims.

Jane told HuffPost she felt "fuzzy" after dinner but still went with Cohen to another bar because she "was excited about the career opportunity." The next thing she remembered is waking up naked with Cohen’s "face in her crotch and his fingers inside her."

Jane reportedly sought treatment for sexual assault after her meeting with Cohen. HuffPost reports that two people close to Jane confirmed that she told them about the assault immediately after it happened.

Cohen’s lawyer Martin Singer responded to the accusations, writing to HuffPost in a 13-page letter.  "The proposed Story is an outrageous defamatory hit piece, making extraordinarily offensive assertions that my client engaged in heinous sexual misconduct, criminal wrongdoing, and other inappropriate behavior, which are vehemently disputed and denied by my client," Singer said. 

Cohen's lawyer also cautioned HuffPost against "publishing this Story in an effort to feed the ‘Me Too’ media frenzy with this salacious Story."

In a statement from Cohen obtained Saturday by The Hollywood Reporter, the director denied the claims of sexual assault.

"This is very painful," he wrote. "I have to live with the fact that my daughter, previously my son, had decided to wage a war against me. She is using her mother, which I’ve had a very bitter divorce from, and a transgender friend whom I never would have met if it weren’t for my daughter’s suggestion and request. A friend whom I knew to be a transgender, before my son told me that he is, to try and write a TV show with a transgender as the hero."

Cohen went on to say, "I have never assaulted, raped, drugged or molested anyone. 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). 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. 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. My daughter wants to destroy me."

Cohen then provided a copy of a statement from his ex-wife, who is the mother of his three other children, which was written at the time that Jane contacted HuffPost:

"Dear Ms. Schulberg, I received your email. Even though I am a very private person, I felt it was important to reply and present a very personal and a very different perspective about Rob. As this is a personal matter between a parent and a child, a child who isn’t mine, I would remain respectful and not say anything negative about anyone. However, as a person who was married to Rob, shared a home and children with him, I would tell you without any hesitation that I don’t believe Rob has ever done any of the things he is accused of, nor is he capable of such behavior. As I said, I am the mother to my children with Rob, and I know how much he loves them, is protective of them and how much they love him in return. I have no fears or concerns about my children or myself for that matter, being with their father and trusting them with him. This is the only statement I will make regarding this. I feel extremely sad for Rob and I know that he does not deserve the untrue and horrible accusations made about him. Barbara."

Cohen then continues his statement. "As you can tell, in this email from March, my ex-wife responded to Ms. Jessica Schulberg, who is the co-writer of this Huffington Post article. I find it extremely unfair, unbalanced and clearly a story with an agenda, rather than a balanced story with all aspects of the journalistic research represented and with journalistic integrity."

He adds, "I hope and pray that the thousands of people who know me, worked with me, and/or are simply fair minded people will see that this is an untrue and unsubstantiated story, which is out there due to hateful daughter and a mother/ex-wife. I still pray that my daughter can find peace and happiness, so she can release herself from this web of untruths and lies, and be able to live her life fully and hate free."

In addition to helming 2001's Fast and The Furious, Cohen has also directed Sony's Vin Diesel starrer xXx, as well as the action-thriller Stealth and The Mummy sequel Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. His latest directorial effort, Entertainment Studios' The Hurricane Heist, was released last year.

Sept. 28, 10:50 p.m.: Updated with statement from Cohen.