Hollywood legend Jon Voight has been accused of slapping fellow actor Frank Whaley mid-scene while they were working on the Showtime crime drama Ray Donovan together in 2013.
The allegation was made by Whaley on Twitter as the 81-year-old Academy Award-winner, and father of Angelina Jolie, delivered a narrated monologue during the opening night of the Republican National Convention on Monday.
‘F*** Jon Voight,’ 57-year-old Whaley blasted on Twitter in response to Voight’s speech.
Whaley, famed for his role in Pulp Fiction, continued: ‘On “Ray Donovan” he slapped me across the face in the middle of a scene because he couldn’t keep up, then denied doing it.’
But Whaley said Voight had forgotten about a photographer who was on set at the time and captured the alleged assault in motion.
‘Bottom line: Jon Voight is a major d**k,’ Whaley concluded, attaching an image of the alleged slap to the tweet, which has since been shared more than 13,000 times.
Whaley included the hashtag #RNCConvention2020, referencing the staunch Trump supporter’s opening remarks at the national convention.
In the show, which ran for seven seasons until this year, Voight portrayed the menacing family patriarch Mickey Donovan, who had a number of dealings with Whaley’s FBI agent, Van Miller, during season one of the show.
In the hours since posting his tweet, the star’s claims regarding Voight have drawn support and ridicule in equal measures.
Sugar Tallerino, a graphic designer, who says she too worked on Ray Donovan says she was unsurprised by the allegations.
‘That doesn’t surprise me,’ Tallerino wrote. ‘Ray Donovan was the most toxic set I ever worked on and it’s known for being horrible to actors. Nobody talks about it.’
Timur Civan echoed Tellerino’s comments, adding: ‘I’ve had many friends on that set. I have heard about the same.’
Emmy-Award winning comedian Kathy Griffin also chimed in, telling Whaley, ‘I love you that you told us this. Thank you.’
But not all bought Whaley’s description of events. Conservative pundit Mindy Robinson snarked, ‘Somebody slapped someone during a scene? Get out of here, no one’s ever seen that on TV ever.’
Dean Cain, who starred as Superman in Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, seemed to imply that Whaley likely deserved it.
‘He slapped you — that’s quite clear,’ Cain wrote. ‘The reason he slapped you remains a mystery … although I have an idea.’
Outlaw nation host John Rocha, meanwhile, told Whaley he should’ve ‘absolutely stomped that old man’s genitals into dust for that, sir.
‘“No one has the right to do that to ya over a scene in a TV show of all things. We need to call out all these fools parading around on sets abusing actors, production staff and others,’ Rocha added.
Voight has not yet responded publicly to the allegations made by Whaley.
Last night he lent his voice to narrate over a video montage that painted Trump as a patriot, and a ‘man who cares, a man who loves America and all Americans.’
Voight urged viewers to imagine a country ‘where we are judged by our character with dignity and respect for all’ that holds the belief ‘that all are created equal, that lives matter irrespective of race, creed, or color.’
‘We stand in the breach to preserve a way of life that, while imperfect, has brought prosperity, honor, and dignity to generations past, and will for generations to come.’
The avid Republican touted in his monologue narration that Trump was elected because he works ‘tirelessly’ for Americans.
‘We all know that it is easy to criticize. It takes a true leader to solve problems,’ Voight said over a montage of images of Trump. ‘COVID-19. While others criticized without solutions, President Trump’s swift action saved lives, and as leading Democrats want to keep businesses closed down, our president is leading a way for a full economic recovery.’
The video took aim at prominent Democrats who have served as reliable foils for the president throughout his first term.
‘Politicians spun their deceptions and obstructed progress,’ Voight said over footage of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, who led the impeachment of Trump late last year.
The 81-year-old’s prominent role in the opening of the convention was noteworthy, considering Republicans dismissed the inclusion of celebrities during last week’s Democratic National Convention, such as Kerry Washington, Eva Longoria and John Legend.