After pulling an anti-vaccination documentary from his film festival, Robert De Niro has revealed that his son Elliot has autism.

In a statement, the actor says, “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.”

Controversy erupted after it was announced that the documentary Vaxxed — which links vaccinations to autism — was going to be screened at the Tribeca Film Festival. Later De Niro decided to drop it, saying, “We have concerns with certain things in this film.”

The star has two children with Grace Hightower — Elliot, 18, and daughter Helen Grace, 4. He has four other children from previous relationships 

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