Harvey Weinsten needs no introduction. He is a rape accused and someone who has been only thriving by lusting on women and misusing them for his own satisfaction. If you think we are wrong then google him. You will find find several Hollywood actresses recalling their traumatic experiences with this man; one such being Italian actress Asia Argento. Back in October last year, she had braved to share how Harvey exploited her sexually when she was barely 21 years old. Perhaps, it’s after Asia Argento that the #MeToo moment began in the West with many victims stepping forward to speak up against the abusers.
At the ongoing Cannes Film Festival 2018, when Asia was called up on stage to accept her award, she shocked one and all by calling out all the abusers sitting in the audience through a powerful speech. “In 1997, I was raped by Harvey Weinstein here at Cannes. I was 21 years old,” Argento said while presenting onstage during the festival’s closing ceremony on Saturday in France. “This festival was his hunting ground,” she said. Argento then predicted that 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,” she said.
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. “And 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 any workplace. You know who you are. You do not belong in this industry. But most importantly, we know who you are, and we’re not going to allow you to get away with it any longer.” Check out her post and the video below:
This is the speech I wrote and spoke out loud tonight at Cannes. For all the brave women who came forward denouncing their predators, and for all the brave women who will come forward in the future. We got the power #metoo pic.twitter.com/ttJN1pNFxR
— Asia Argento (@AsiaArgento) May 19, 2018
— Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) May 20, 2018
Weinstein has denied allegations of non-consensual sex, and a lawyer representing him said that Argento’s claims were completely false.