Acot Robert De Niro is known as a man who values his privacy.
But the double Oscar winner opened up about his family in a rare personal statement on Friday – as he defended his decision to screen a controversial anti-vaccination documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival.
‘Grace and I have a child with autism and we believe it is critical that all of the issues surrounding the causes of autism be openly discussed and examined,’ he said, referencing his wife of 18 years Grace Hightower.
De Niro went on: ‘In the 15 years since the Tribeca Film Festival was founded, I have never asked for a film to be screened or gotten involved in the programming.
‘However this is very personal to me and my family and I want there to be a discussion, which is why we will be screening VAXXED.
‘I am not personally endorsing the film, nor am I anti-vaccination; I am only providing the opportunity for a conversation around the issue.’
The actor’s son Elliot, who just turned 18, is thought to be the child the father-of-six is referring to. De Niro founded the Tribeca Film Festical, giving him the opportunity to insist upon adding Vaxxed: From Cover-Up To Catastrophe to its schedule.
source: Daily Mail