Italian actress Asia Argento delivered a searing speech at the close of the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday.
Asia Argento was the actress, who has accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, took aim at the disgraced Hollywood mogul, and those who allegedly enabled him. Read on…
CelebNMovies247.com has the latest from Cannes and Asia Argento gave a searing speech at the close of the festival.
Asia Argento let everyone know while presenting onstage during the festival’s closing ceremony at Cannes:
In 1997, I was raped by Harvey Weinstein here at Cannes. I was 21 years old.
This festival was his hunting ground!
Argento gave a hopeful prediction:
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.”
Will he? We understand she feels strongly about her convictions but men like Harvey NEVER seem to get it.
Argento said that even at this year’s festival in the wake of the global #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and misconduct, other perpetrators were out there among the audience.
She continued to let her voice be heard saying while drawing applause from the crowd:
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, does not belong in any industry or work place. 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.
Asia speech was a great conclusion to the kick off when 82 women filmmakers took to the steps of the Palais des Festival to denounce gender inequality in the industry led by Cate Blanchett.
Weinstein’s attorney in Italy, Filomena Cusano, said she was at the festival when Argento spoke and the allegations “are completely false.”
Cusano said in a statement to NBC News:
Mr. Weinstein and Ms. Argento had a consensual relationship; Ms. Argento then starred in Mr. Weinstein’s film B. Monkey in 1998, in which Argento was excellent, and she herself said was a fantastic role for her.
Like we said before, there is no one in Hollywood who hasn’t landed on the casting couch one way or another. They may have consented at the time to land the role and career in Hollywood, but a life of regret seems to have caught up with everyone. The #MeTooMovement is to take down all the scum that forces people to have sex to get the lead or become a huge star. Did you think Hollywood is all apple pie?
“Hollywood is a used whore with lots of makeup on it – disguised to look magnificent, then once you meet her backstage you see she was built on many others back beside herself.” – P Ricci/CelebN Network