Rob Cohen, the director of the first Fast & Furious movie, The Fast and the Furious (2001) has been accused of sexual harassment. According to HuffPost, Cohen is accused by a woman only identified as Jane, who claims that the director sexually abused her in 2015 while working on a TV series that eventually did not make it past its developmental stages.
Jane asserts that Rob Cohen invited her to a business meeting in Manhattan, New York to discuss the pilot of the television series. The meeting took place at a cigar lounge, in which Cohen ordered her a drink, although she didn’t ask for one. Jane said that Cohen would later move the meeting to a restaurant right next to the hotel he was staying at, ordered more drinks and encouraged Jane to drink more. Jane said that she regained consciousness in Cohen’s hotel room, naked while The Fast and the Furious director sexually assaulted her.
Medical records reviewed by HuffPost show that Jane sought treatment for sexual assault after meeting with Cohen. Two people close to Jane confirmed that she told them about the assault both immediately after it happened and again about a year later.
Apart from The Fast and the Furious, Rob Cohen has also directed The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, xXx starring Vin Diesel and The Boy Next Door. Cohen, through his attorney Matt Singer, has denied all allegations. Singer’s letter states:
“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.”
This news comes at the heels of previously reported allegations from Rob Cohen’s own daughter earlier this year. In February, Weather accused her father of molesting her when she was merely a toddler as well as accused him of taking her to visit sex workers during overseas shoots. Jane explains that it was Weather’s public accusation that motivated her to come forward with her own story.