Robert De Niro Suggests His Son’s Autism Is Linked To Vaccines


During a Wednesday appearance on Today, Academy Award-winning actor Robert De Niro commented on the controversy surrounding the film, Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Conspiracy.

The Godfather star, 72, suggested he believes that vaccines are connected to his 18-year-old son Elliot‘s autism.

“I think the movie is something that people should see… I, as a parent with a child who has autism, am concerned. I want to know the truth,” De Niro said. “And I’m not anti-vaccine, I want safe vaccines.”

He added: “There are many people who will come out and say, ‘No, I saw my kid change, like, over night, I saw what happened. I should have done something and I didn’t.’ So there’s more to this than meets the eye. Believe me.”

Although there’s been an overwhelming body of scientific research with no connection between vaccines and autism, the actor continued to discuss the controversial topic. “Let’s just find out the truth,” he urged.

When asked whether he witnessed a change in his son Elliot after being vaccinated, he said, “My wife says that. I don’t remember. But my child is autistic. And every kid is different.”

He added: “There’s something there that people aren’t addressing. And for me to get so upset here today – on the Today show, with you guys – means that there’s something there.”

In the documentary Vaxxed – directed by Andrew Wakefield, a gastroenterologist and medical researcher – Wakefield addresses the theory that vaccines are linked to cases of autism.

The film claims MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccines are linked to cases of autism. However, the notion has since been widely discredited and retracted from the journal it was originally published in.

Last month, De Niro revealed that Elliot has autism. The Little Fockers actor advocated for the film’s screening at the Tribeca Film Festival, although medical researchers have raised concerns about the film.

“Grace [Hightower] 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,” De Niro said. “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.”

Dr. William Schaffner, a professor of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical School, urges the public not to watch the film.

“This is scientifically invalid and we were concerned that it was being dredged up – this fallacious concept, this myth – that vaccines are associated with autism, and because of Mr. De Niro’s personal standing and the admiration people have for him as well as the prestige of the festival, it would be a kind of validation,” Schaffner says.

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