Gary Oldman’s son defends star over domestic abuse allegations

Gulliver Oldman says the claims have caused "pain and hardship for my father and for all of us"

Gary Oldman’s son has defended the star against historic allegations of domestic abuse, issuing an open letter about the claims.

Oldman, who won Best Leading Actor at last weekend’s Oscars, was accused in 2001 of physical and emotional abuse by ex-wife Donya Fiorentino. He has denied the allegations and no charges were brought against him.

In February, Fiorentino reiterated her claims, describing their four-year marriage as a “nightmare” and claiming that Oldman once hit her with a telephone in front of their children.

Gulliver Oldman, the actor’s 20-year-old son with Fiorentino, has now issued an open letter, saying that the incident “did not happen” and describing the allegations as “troubling and painful to see”.

“In the case of my father, there is only innocence,” Gulliver writes. “There never has been any guilt.”

Gary Oldman

Gary Oldman

Oldman was given custody of the couple’s two children after they divorced in 2001. “Custody of children is not given to a wife beater, and under most circumstances, hardly ever a man,” Gulliver says. “My having lived, full time with my father should be in itself, proof enough.”

Gulliver goes on to call his father as “my only hero”, describing his mother as “a sad and very troubled person most of her life.”

Revealing that he hasn’t spoken to his mother since he was 13, he says that “holding on to a relationship with her would damage my future”.

He adds: “This lie, all of her lies, things she has been perpetuating and living in as ‘her truth’ – all of this has brought about so much pain and hardship for my father and for all of us.”

You can read the full letter here.

Oldman saw off competition from Timothee Chalamet, Daniel Day-Lewis, Daniel Kaluuya and Denzel Washington to pick up the Leading Actor award at Sunday’s Oscars.

See the full Oscars 2018 winners list here.