Time’s Up made its presence felt at last night’s Academy Awards, but not every moment was seen as a positive one. Two of the most controversial developments concern newly-minted Oscar winners who’ve faced serious abuse accusations of their own: Best Actor honoree Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”) and Kobe Bryant, who shared the Best Animated Short trophy with Glen Keane for “Dear Basketball.”
Donya Fiorentino, Oldman’s ex-wife, made a statement to TMZ the morning after the Oscars in which she asked the question: “What happened to the #MeToo movement?” Fiorentino accused Oldman of choking her and hitting her with a phone in 2001 during an argument in front of their children. When the two separated, Oldman was given full custody of the two kids.
“Congratulations, Gary and congratulations to the Academy for awarding not one but two abusers with Oscars,” Fiorentino said. “I thought we had evolved. What happened to the #MeToo movement?”
Bryant, meanwhile, was accused of rape in 2003. The case was eventually dropped when his accuser refused to testify, but she later filed a civil suit against the NBA star that was settled out of court.
Following his mother’s statement, 20-year-old Gulliver Flynn Oldman wrote an open letter passionately defending his father against the 2001 allegation. You can read the letter in its entirety here.