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Asia Argento at Cannes: I Was Raped by Harvey Weinstein

HeadlineMay 21, 2018

In France, the closing ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival was rocked by a powerful #MeToo speech by Italian actress and director Asia Argento, who is among the more than 100 women who have accused former Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, assault and rape.

Asia Argento: “In 1997, I was raped by Harvey Weinstein here at Cannes. 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. He will live in disgrace, shunned by a film community that once embraced him and covered up for his crimes. 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 workplace. 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.”

That was Italian actress and director Asia Argento. Meanwhile, at Cannes, director Spike Lee’s latest film, “BlacKkKlansman,” won one of the festival’s top prizes. The film chronicles the true story of how an African-American police detective infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s in Colorado.

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