Asia Argento was one of the first actresses to speak out publicly against Harvey Weinstein, but her work is far from over.
The Italian actress went on the offensive when delivering a speech for Cannes Film Festival’s Closing Ceremony on Saturday. “In 1997, I was raped by Harvey Weinstein here at Cannes. I was 21-years-old,” she began. “This festival was his hunting ground.”
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“I want to make a prediction,” Argento continued. “Harvey Weinstein will never be welcomed here ever again. He will live in disgrace, shunned by a film community that once embraced him and covered up for his crimes.”
But for Argento, Weinstein is in the rearview mirror and she is looking straight ahead: “Even tonight sitting among you there are those who still have to be held accountable for their conduct against women, for behaviour that does not belong in this industry, does not belong in any industry or workplace.”
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“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,” she warned.
Argento’s allegations against Weinstein were detailed in the industry-shaking New York Times expose published in October.