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Darkest Hour? Gary Oldman's ex-wife slams the Academy for awarding an 'abuser' with an Oscar

Donya Fiorentino had alleged that Oldman choked her and hit her with a telephone while they were married

Ujjainee Roy @UjjaineeRoy 6 March 2018, 5:45 PM
Oldman's Oscar win has raised a lot of eyebrows

Oldman's Oscar win has raised a lot of eyebrows Image: AFP

A lot had been said over alleged domestic abuser Gary Oldman's Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in the critically-acclaimed political drama Darkest Hour. And a lot of eyebrows were raised after Oldman scored the coveted Best Actor Oscar in yesterday's ceremony, which was also the most significant Academy Award in Oscar history, in the wake of the Time's Up movement.

And now, Oldman's ex-wife Donya Fiorentino, who was married to him from 1997 to 2001, has blasted the Academy for giving out Oscars to two abusers, Oldman and NBA star Kobe Bryant. Bryant was accused of sexual assault in 2003, and had even issued an apology to the accuser. He received an Oscar for Best Animated Short film Dear Basketball.

"Congratulations, Gary and congratulations to the Academy for awarding not one but two abusers with Oscars. I thought we had evolved. What happened to the #MeToo movement?" Fiorentino asked in a statement to TMZ. Fiorentino has two sons with Oldman, and had earlier alleged that the actor had choked her and hit her with a telephone in front of their children.

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Gary and Donya (Image: Twitter)

"As I picked up the phone to call the police, Gary put his hand on my neck and squeezed. I backed away, with the phone receiver in my hand. I tried to dial 911. Gary grabbed the phone receiver from my hand, and hit me in the face with the telephone receiver three or four times. Both of the children were crying," Fiorentino had said in a statement in 2001.

Oldman and Bryant's Oscar wins have made way for a lot of outrage, since several men have been almost cut off from Hollywood, owing to allegations of abuse and misconduct against them. The 90th Academy Award was the first Oscar in the post-Weinstein era, when the industry is finally coming to terms with its history of sexual misconduct and gender inequality.

Oldman's spokesperson, Douglas Urbanski, denied these claims and has given out a statement. "Referring to the painful lie about 'spousal abuse', regarding recent recirculated old rumors, and an apparent coordinated smear campaign, there are those with suspect motives who circulate this story hinting that there is some truth to it. Anyone who circulates this story is doing so with complete rejection of the facts, malice, and is doing so with defamatory intentions," the statement read.

Interestingly, Oldman had been spotted wearing the Time's Up pin to several award shows this season, and his rep also addressed the importance of the movement. "The #TimesUp and #MeToo movements — good, honest, and critical movements — aimed at addressing Hollywood predators who have abused women have also unfortunately given a platform to some to misuse the importance, validity, and urgency of the movement," added Urbanski.

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