Asia Argento Calls Cannes Harvey Weinstein’s ‘Hunting Ground’ in Fiery Festival Speech
Asia Argento delivered a fiery speech blasting sexual predators and calling Cannes Harvey Weinstein‘s “hunting ground” during the closing ceremonies of the festival on Saturday.
“In 1997, I was raped by Harvey Weinstein here at Cannes,” the actress alleged. “I was 21 years old. This festival was his hunting ground. I want to make a prediction: Harvey Weinstein will never be welcomed here ever again.”
It is not the first time Argento has called out the disgraced film mogul for sexually assaulting her.
Argento first told her story to The New Yorker, where her story was chronicled among others in the film industry who accused Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault.
The New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow reported this about Argento’s revelation:
Asia Argento, an Italian film actress and director, said that she did not speak out until now—Weinstein, she told me, forcibly performed oral sex on her—because she feared that Weinstein would “crush” her. “I know he has crushed a lot of people before,” Argento said. “That’s why this story—in my case, it’s twenty years old, some of them are older—has never come out.”
Speaking at Cannes, Argento said Weinstein will now “live in disgrace, shunned by a film community that once embraced him and covered up for his crimes” after his victims came forward.
Then, she warned other predators that may still be lurking in the film industry that their time will soon be up.
“And even tonight, sitting among you, there are those who still have to be held accountable for their conduct against women for behavior that does not belong in this industry or workplace,” Argento told the film world’s elite. “You know who you are. But most importantly, we know who you are. And we’re not going to allow you to get away with it any longer.”
Watch above, via the Daily Mail.
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