Actor Gary Oldman's son wrote an open letter defending his father against a domestic violence allegation which resurfaced after Oscar win

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  • Actor Gary Oldman‘s son, Gulliver Oldman, wrote an open letter defending his father against domestic abuse allegations that resurfaced in recent weeks. 
  • Oldman’s accuser and ex-wife, Donya Fiorentino (who is also Gulliver’s mother) referenced the alleged abuse in recent interviews with The Daily Mail and TMZ, the latter of which followed Oldman’s Oscar win for best actor on Sunday.
  • Gulliver Oldman wrote in his open letter that the alleged abuse “did not happen.”
  • He referenced that his father was granted full custody of his children following his divorce with Fiorentino as “proof” of Oldman’s innocence. 


Oscar-winning actor Gary Oldman’s son, Gulliver Oldman, has written an open letter defending his father against domestic abuse allegations from 2001 that resurfaced in recent weeks.

After Oldman won the Oscar for best actor on Sunday, his accuser and ex-wife, Donya Fiorentino (who is also Gulliver Oldman’s mother), referenced the alleged abuse in an interview with TMZ. 

Fiorentino accused Oldman of domestic abuse in 2001, alleging that Oldman hit her in the face with a telephone in front of their children. In early February, she also discussed the alleged abuse with The Daily Mail, calling her marriage to the actor “a nightmare.”

In his open letter, however, Gulliver Oldman said that the alleged incident “did not happen.”

“In the case of my father, there is only innocence,” he wrote. “There never has been any guilt. The reality is confused in excerpts, and published half truths from years ago.” 

Gulliver went on to note that his father was granted full custody of his children following his divorce with Fiorentino.

“Custody of children is not given to a wife beater, and under most circumstances, hardly ever a man,” he wrote. “My having lived, full time with my father should be in itself, proof enough.”

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'Criminal Minds' Recap: Barnes Tries to Divide and Conquer the Team – BuddyTV (blog)

As tends to be the case when something’s going on with even one of the team members, the investigation takes a backseat, and yes, that does happen in this episode of Criminal Minds — and if you care about any of the details of the investigation after Barnes’ announcements at the end of “Annihilator,” you’re probably the only one.

Yes, four people are brutally murdered, and yes, lives are in danger, but does any of that really matter in the world of Criminal Minds when Barnes is so clearly trying to divide the BAU? Not only does she pick the case because she thinks it’ll make the FBI look good, but she also does nothing really to help solve it. In fact, she just makes things worse, both in the field and back in the office.

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J.J. knows that Barnes is going to try to pick them apart one by one, and while Reid standing up for Prentiss and defending her leadership to the assistant director is something I like to see, he declares that if Barnes goes into the field, he doesn’t. So, he stays behind and gives Linda ammunition.

Four roommates were brutally stabbed to death in St. Louis in what looks like a robbery-turned-homicide, and according to Barnes, it’ll be quick and easy to clear. The public can emotionally invest in the victims, and it’ll look good for the FBI. What’s not to love? (Barnes’ involvement and the way she treats the local law enforcement, for one.)

As Garcia discovers, three other people lived in the house, but were not present at the time of the murders. Corinne’s a flight attendant and was overseas. Rachel was at her sister’s. Larry, they learn, has a history of violent behavior and was kicked out following a fight with one of the victims, Ray.

At the crime scene, they learn that the murder weapon was actually Ray’s knife, which he kept under his bed, and the window was broken out from the inside. The break-in was staged, and the UnSub knew them well enough to know where the knife was. For Barnes, it’s easy: Larry’s the UnSub.

She even wants Tara to essentially put those words into Rachel’s mouth when she talks to her, but Tara refuses. Rachel defends Larry, and they learn the two were secretly dating (relationships in the house was against the rules). She tells them where he was staying, but they’re too late. The UnSub killed him.

The UnSub also stages the scene to make it look like a suicide, with a note and the drugs he supposedly used, but his tox screen comes back clean. That was poor planning. But it is someone who knows the roommates well.

Going through the roommates’ belongings reveals that they were like a family, with Ray the father figure. The UnSub is a family annihilator, who was rejected by the roommates. When they go in to see if Rachel knows anyone who fits that profile, Barnes refuses to let Tara tell her Larry’s dead. (After, Tara makes it clear that she is never to order her to do something like that again.)

Rachel can’t think of anyone, but when they suggest someone who appears harmless, she tells them about Justin. He’s only nice on the surface. He posts inflammatory comments online. He doesn’t want the world to see his rage. And it’s likely that he’ll go after Rachel and Corinne next.

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J.J. goes over her strategy to talk Justin down over the phone with Prentiss and Reid, and they all agree validation is the way to go.

However, it’s at his home address that Rossi and Simmons put the pieces together. His clothes are an exact match to Ray’s, like he wants to become him. Then why not just kill him and replace him in the “family?” The only one Justin knew wouldn’t be there that night was Corinne since she was overseas. Rachel decided to stay at her sister’s last minute, while Larry was just kicked out. Justin wants Corinne for himself, and the others were an obstacle. Why mirror Ray? Maybe he and Corinne were dating or Justin thought they were.

They clear the garage at the airport where Corinne’s car is parked and safely escort Corinne from the plane to safety. Luke and Tara confront Justin where he waits at her car, using J.J.’s validation strategy. But when it’s taking too long for Barnes’ liking, she decides to do what Justin wants and brings Corinne to him, even though J.J. tries to tell her that he’ll just shoot her.

J.J.’s right, and Justin does shoot Corinne, forcing Luke to shoot him back. It’s a good thing Corinne was wearing a vest. She’ll be okay, but Barnes really screwed up.

But Barnes then tries to place the blame on the BAU. J.J. won’t stand for it and points out that Linda’s the one who went rogue and risked a young woman’s life. And even if she does succeed in trying to take the BAU down, J.J. makes one thing clear: they’ll make sure they take her down, too. (That has to be one of J.J.’s best moments of the series, right?) 

They Fight for Each Other

Meanwhile, Reid stays behind and finds Prentiss packing her apartment. Interpol left the door open, so she’s thinking about returning to London. If she leaves, she thinks Barnes will leave the team alone. She’s not even sure if she wants to fight her.

That’s because Prentiss thinks she lost the privilege to run the team when she deleted that recording in Mexico, crossing a line and holding he team above the laws they’re supposed to uphold.

However, Reid points out that she just did what the team does for each other. She saved him, just like Hotch and J.J. saved her when they faked her death. She saves lives, and there are seven more people who need her to do just that: the members of the team. She kept them together after Hotch left, and he needs her to stay and fight for them. She agrees to do just that.

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She Tries to Divide the Team and …

No one can argue with results, Rossi tells J.J. at the beginning of the episode. They just have to do their jobs. And they should be fine, right?

Not only does Barnes mess up the case, but she also spends her time in the field obviously trying to divide the team and put them in the roles she wants for them.

With Rossi, she not so casually brings up retirement, but he tells her that he’ll let her know when it’s time for him to retire.

With Luke, she tells him that letting Scratch fall was the best thing he could have done and suggests that he may prefer to be let off his leash again, rather than continue to be the person he’s become at the BAU. “I belong here,” he says.

Barnes asks Simmons if the team’s always edgy and combative, and he tells her it’s because of her. They’re not going to let her do to the BAU what she did to the IRT.

And after J.J. went all Mama Bear on Barnes, the team’s feeling pretty good and planning to get drinks, Prentiss (who’s at the office as Reid’s visitor) included. Then Barnes walks in and declares that the BAU is the crown jewel of behavioral profiling and just needs some restructuring — and the Director, her friend, is on her side about what just happened in St. Louis.

Prentiss’ suspension is lifted. She and Tara will be reassigned within the FBI.

Reid is going to be a full-time professor.

Rossi’s being forced into retirement.

Simmons and Luke will remain where they are.

Garcia’s too loyal to the team, so she’ll be sent to another department.

J.J. will be the conditional unit chief of the BAU, and while Barnes will not be going into the field, J.J. will run every decision, big and small, by her.

“This can’t be the end. Can it?” Garcia asks.

Were you shocked by Barnes’ announcements at the end of the episode? How long do you think it will take the team to take her down?

Criminal Minds season 13 airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on CBS. Want more news? Like our Criminal Minds Facebook page.

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Benton County judge arrested for DUI – Tri-City Herald

A Benton County judge was arrested late Tuesday for allegedly driving drunk when he crashed his car not far from his Badger Canyon home.

Fourteen hours later, Judge Terry M. Tanner appeared in Benton County District Court.

But instead of taking his usual spot on the bench, Tanner was dressed in jail clothes and sat at the defense table with attorney Scott Johnson.

The hearing was held inside the Benton County jail and televised in a public room in the jail’s lobby.

The former Richland city councilman pleaded innocent to one gross misdemeanor charge of DUI.

Court documents show that emergency dispatchers got a call at 11:18 p.m. about a Cadillac ATS crashed at Clodfelter Road and Cantera Street.

The caller said the driver was sleeping behind the wheel.

When Benton County sheriff’s deputies arrived, Tanner was found about 300 feet away from the sedan, documents said.

“Witnesses watched him walk from the vehicle after they called to report finding the collision,” Deputy Randy Loyd wrote in a probable cause statement attached to the criminal citation.


Judge Terry M. Tanner

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Tanner, 55, allegedly admitted to driving the Cadillac after drinking at Buffalo Wild Wings in Kennewick. He had “red, bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech,” the deputy wrote.

It does not say in the brief statement whether Tanner agreed to a breathalyzer test.

However, shortly after the arrest, Superior Court Judge Jackie Shea Brown granted a search warrant to draw Tanner’s blood. State lab officials will run tests to determine Tanner’s blood-alcohol level at the time.

Tanner was booked into the jail at 2:13 a.m.

Sheriff’s officials had no additional details on the crash.

Wednesday afternoon, former colleague Judge Joe Burrowes presided over Tanner’s first appearance since the other four District Court judges recused themselves from the case.

Burrowes, with Benton-Franklin Superior Court, gave Tanner and his lawyer the opportunity to disqualify Burrowes from the proceedings if they believed he couldn’t be fair and impartial.

Johnson said they had no concerns with Burrowes. A judge from outside the judicial district will be brought in for all future hearings.

Witnesses watched him walk from the vehicle after they called to report finding the collision.

Deputy Randy Loyd, Benton County

“I am not treating Mr. Tanner any different than any other first appearance and DUI,” Burrowes said during the hearing.

Johnson also said during the brief hearing that Tanner had received “no preferential treatment” during his arrest to his appearance in court.

Tanner was released on his personal recognizance, and walked out of the corrections facility just after 1:30 p.m.

The standard conditions of his release include staying in contact with his lawyer and “maintaining law-abiding behavior” while his case is pending. He also cannot consume or possess alcohol during that time.

Tanner has no criminal history. A DUI conviction can bring a sentence of up to one year in jail, followed by probation. First-time offenders often face just a few days in jail.


Judge Terry M. Tanner, right, was sworn in to Benton County District Court in 2009 by Superior Court Judge Cameron Mitchell. Tanner, a former Richland city councilman, was appointed to the bench after Judge Eugene F. Pratt retired.

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The longtime city attorney, who worked over the years for Richland, Pasco, West Richland, Connell and Benton County, served on the Richland City Council from 1999 until 2002.

He resigned with 3 1/2 years left in his term following questions about a potential conflict of interest when he and another attorney who contracted with the city were buying a local law practice.

He continued to practice law in the Tri-Cities until he was appointed to the judicial seat in 2009 after the retirement of Judge Eugene F. Pratt.

Tanner is up for re-election for his judicial position this year, with candidate filing in May.

District Court judges make $161,092 a year. His salary is paid by Benton County taxpayers.

He currently handles all Kennewick cases involving misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor criminal charges, along with traffic, non-traffic and parking infractions and small claims matters.

That list includes DUI arrests made by Kennewick officers.

It was not known Wednesday if Tanner will be back on the bench this week or if criminal dockets will be shuffled so for now he doesn’t sit in judgment of defendants with similar charges.

Prior to his arrest, he had been scheduled to review paperwork in his chambers Thursday morning, according to District Court Administrator Jacki Lahtinen

District Court judges by law are allowed to take 30 pro tem days, or vacation days. That means a pro tem judge is called in to fill their seat as needed.

The judges also reportedly have unlimited sick time.

It is way too early to really know what is going to happen with anything.

Judge Dan Kathren, District Court

“It is way too early to really know what is going to happen with anything,” Judge Dan Kathren, District Court’s presiding judge, told the Herald. “There is some precedent (across the state), but at this time I am not sure. It’s definitely new for us.”

Kathren added that like all other defendants, Tanner is innocent until proven guilty, and he is looking forward to getting more facts.

In February 2003, Washington state Supreme Court Justice Bobbe E. Bridge was arrested for DUI and hit-and-run of a parked vehicle.

Reiko Callner, executive director of the state’s Commission on Judicial Conduct, said that kind of was a turning point in society for DUIs and judges.

It used to be that judges convicted of driving while intoxicated would be admonished by the commission. That is the lowest form of a sanction.

But with Bridge’s arrest, the recommended sanction was upped to a reprimand.

The commission is an independent agency that works to protect the integrity of the judicial process and promote public confidence in the courts by enforcing ethics rules for judges.

People who think a judge has acted unethically can file a complaint with the commission, which then conducts a confidential investigation and brings the results before commission members for potential action.

A judge also can self-report.

The commission also is empowered to launch its own complaint and start an investigation if members are aware of an alleged criminal law violation by a sitting judicial officer, Callner told the Herald.

The Washington Code of Judicial Conduct states all judges must “comply with the law.” A criminal charge would be a violation of their canons.

Callner said the accused judge, like all defendants, have a Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate themselves. So staff usually tracks the criminal process and awaits an outcome of the judge’s case before moving forward with their own investigation.

The commission considers the judge’s record and standard of personal behavior and weighs that against their actions in the criminal offense.

Like in the case of Justice Bridge, judges can stipulate to a resolution of their judicial conduct investigation. That agreed order must be accepted by commissioners during their public meetings, which are held five times a year.

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