Over 40 celebrities, mostly women, have come to the defence of actress Asia Argento.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Thursday, the open letter calls out people who have blamed Argento for the suicide of her partner Anthony Bourdain last month.
“Asia has now found herself on the receiving end of vicious cyberbullying and repulsive slander at the hands of internet trolls who hold her responsible for Anthony’s death,” the letter read.
It continued: “She has been accused of everything from causing her boyfriend’s suicide to trying to use her ‘survivor status’ and the #MeToo movement to advance her career.”
Argento is one of the women who, in late 2017, came forward with allegations of rape against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, helping to kick off the #MeToo movement.
“There has long been a traditional narrative of blaming, vilifying and martyring courageous women. We reject that narrative,” the letter said. “If there is one thing we know with unwavering confidence, ‘sexual violence victim’ is not a title anyone wants attached to themselves.”
“We are here to ask those who are angry and grieving the loss of Anthony to find a healthy outlet for their pain,” it read. “Asia is a survivor, just as we are, and her fame and outward show of strength does not make her any less vulnerable. Asia is not a headline — she is a human being, and she is in horrific pain.”
Among the signatories to the letter are Rosanna Arquette, Natasha Henstridge, Terry Crews, Rose McGowan, Olivia Munn, Anthony Rapp, Mira Sorvino, Mia Kirshner and many more.
“We ask you to stand with us, as we stand with Asia,” the letter closed.
Bourdain was found dead in France on June 8 after committing suicide. He and Argento started dating in 2017.