Donya Fiorentino, ex wife of Gary Oldman, has spoken out after Oldman’s Best Actor win at the Academy Awards on Sunday, referencing her past abuse allegations against him and shaming the Academy for rewarding accused abusers.
“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 told TMZ, alluding not only to the domestic violence accusations against her ex husband, but also the rape allegations against Kobe Bryant, who took home an Oscar for animated short Dear Basketball.
Fiorentino was married to Oldman between 1997 and 2001, and the pair have two children together. During their 2001 divorce proceedings, Fiorentino filed papers with the L.A. Superior Court, alleging that the actor was violent. Per the New York Daily News:
“As I picked up the phone to call the police, Gary put his hand on my neck and squeezed,” [Fiorentino] claims. “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.
Oldman contested that he attempted to grab the phone and it hit her by accident. He also claimed that her report was “replete with lies, innuendoes and half-truths,” and recounted an incident during which Fiorentino’s first daughter (with director David Fincher) found her unconscious from an overdose. In the divorce, Oldman was awarded full custody of the children and, in November 2017, told the Washington Post, “This was a deeply personal and painful time in my life and I appreciated the due diligence of all involved. I was most thankful for the outcome.”
Fiorentino, on the other hand, recently told Mail on Sunday, “[Gary] stole my children and ruined my life. The truth needs to be told. I would like Gary to stand up and take responsibility for his actions. Will he? Who knows? He has always denied everything.”