Connery accused of withholding funds

July 20, 2008 at 5:11 PM
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EDINBURGH, Scotland, July 20 (UPI) -- Scottish actor Sean Connery stopped giving his son money to force him to make his own way in life, the actor's former wife says.

Diane Cilento alleged the former star of the James Bond movie series said several years ago he would no longer give his son Jason any money as part of his goal of teaching the young man how to earn a living on his own, The Sunday Times of London reported.

Cilento alleges Connery also criticized his son's attempts to become an actor, saying his only child was merely capitalizing on his famous last name.

"Sean said, 'You only got this (acting) job because your name's Connery,'" Cilento said of Connery's initial reaction to one of his son's acting jobs.

Despite such conflicts, Cilento says in her autobiography "My Nine Lives" that Connery now has a decent relationship with his adult son.

"Jason loves him, but Sean has a problem about relationships, as everybody who's round him knows," she said.

The Times said Connery is release his own autobiographical book titled "Being a Scot" that details his own youthful efforts to earn a living.

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