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Gary Oldman's Son Writes Open Letter Defending Father Against Abuse Accusations

Gary Oldman's Son Writes Open Letter Defending Father Against Abuse Accusations

"The Shape of Water", which led with 13 nominations at Sunday's 90th Academy Awards, has won the best picture Oscar.

Academy Award victor Gary Oldman gives a "towering performance" (Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair) in acclaimed director Joe Wright's soaring drama Darkest Hour.

Her accusations included Oldman being an alcoholic and beating her with a telephone in front of their children. "Anyone who says it did is lying".

You can see the full list of the cast at IMDB here. Oldman had been favored to win this category throughout the run-up to Sunday's show, also winning the BAFTA and SAG Award, but claimed to ET that he didn't give his frontrunner status much consideration. Following the couple's separation, Oldman was given custody of the their children.

Charlie and Gulliver joined their dad at the OscarsWhat did Donya Fiorentino say about Gary Oldman? He said to Seth MacFarlane this year, 'I thought you were going to do the Oscars again. As part of the settlement agreement, Bryant issued an apology through his attorney, stating that "although I truly believe this encounter between us was consensual, I recognise now that she did not and does not view this incident the same way I did". I backed away, with the phone receiver in my hand.

He added that he is neither fond nor accustomed to publicly speaking ill of his mother, but that she had routinely used both him and his brother as pawns in her disputes with Oldman.

Oldman had been married twice before he married Fiorentino.

"His sons from his other partner and my son are all very close, so it's a family evening".

"Is there anything more quintessentially Hollywood than the Oscars having a segment about times up and then giving awards to Gary Oldman and Kobe Bryant????" read one tweet.

Gulliver launched a passionate defence of his famous father in an open letter calling Oldman "his hero" and "the man he aspires to be". "I never knew he could dance and sing".

"This torment should have ended 16 years ago", he wrote. In such a momentous year for his career, my father should finally be able to enjoy himself.

The New York Daily News reported Fiorentino filed paperwork with the Los Angeles Superior Court at the time that stated, "As I picked up the phone to call the police, Gary put his hand on my neck and squeezed".