Gary Oldman's son Gulliver defends him from domestic abuse claims

Gary Oldman recently won the Best Actor Oscar for Darkest Hour

Gary Oldman recently won the Best Actor Oscar for Darkest Hour

Yesterday, Gary Oldman predictably won the Best Actor Oscar for for his prosthetic-heavy portrayal of Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour. "However, I was there at the time of the "incident", so I'd like to make this radiantly clear: it didn't happen. Anyone who says it did is lying", he added.

However, their prizes did not go down well with some viewers, who criticised members of the Academy via Twitter for celebrating the work of men who have previously come under scrutiny for their alleged bad behaviour - Oldman was accused of domestic assault in 2001 by his then-wife, photographer Donya Fiorentino, while Bryant was charged with sexual assault in 2003.

During their divorce proceedings, Fiorentino accused Gary Oldman of hitting her repeatedly with a phone receiver when she tried to call the police.

This was a night where the founder of the #MeToo movement shared the Oscar stage with other prominent activists; where three of the actresses who accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct were honoured with a special segment; and, female presenters and winners made a point of supporting each other publicly. "My having lived, full-time with my father should be in itself, proof enough". I thought we had evolved. Fiorentino, for her part, reminded the world as recently as Monday that she sees her ex-husband as an "abuser". At the time, the 19-year-old accuser did not testify in court and dropped the criminal charges, but she did pursue a civil suit that was settled out of court on the condition that Bryant read a statement that said, "I now understand how she feels that she did not consent to this encounter". "I backed away, with the phone receiver in my hand".

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"In the case of my father, there is only innocence". "There never has been any guilt". "Both of the children were crying", Fiorentino said of what actually transpired. In response, Gulliver Oldman, Gary and Fiorentino's son, penned an open letter passionately defending his father. "I lost my self-esteem, I was broken", she said.

In the letter, Oldman called his father his "one and true guiding light" and his "only hero". In fact, I felt there were few moments to celebrate during the 90th annual film ceremony, and it was hard to get through the entire evening because of it - despite a few genuinely exciting wins.

"I want only to protect my father's character, as a person and as an actor".

The Oscar victor was accused years ago by his then wife of domestic abuse - but now, his son says "it did not happen". In such a momentous year for his career, my father should finally be bale to enjoy himself. He has since been in relationships with Alexandra Edenborough and Gisele Schmidt, with whom he's been married since 2017.

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