Asia Argento, the 42-year-old Italian film actress who is quoted in a Tuesday New Yorker article saying that Miramax movie boss Harvey Weinstein raped her in a French hotel room 20 years ago, posted a video on Twitter Tuesday of a movie scene which appears to be based on the alleged assault on her by Weinstein.
“I wrote and directed this scene in 1999,” Argento wrote in her Twitter posting — adding the hashtag #Weinstein. The scene in which Argento appears as a character presumably representing herself, and performance artist Joe Coleman portrays a movie producer apparently based on Weinstein, can be viewed below.
In fact, Argento told New Yorker reporter Ronan Farrow that even Weinstein himself appeared to see himself in the character, after he viewed the film that Argento had written and directed, Scarlet Diva, on its release in 2000, three years after the alleged assault took place.
“‘Ha, ha, very funny,'” Argento remembered him saying to her,” Farrow reported in the article. “But he also said that he was “‘sorry for whatever happened.'”
Read the entire New Yorker article which contains Argento’s allegations as well as similar accusations against Weinstein from several other women, by clicking on this link.
The film review site Rotten Tomatoes describes Scarlet Diva as, as a “no-holds-barred, semi-autobiographical film from Italian actress/model Asia Argento [that] presents the bleak descent of a popular actress into a haze of drugs and overindulgence.”
Watch the alleged “Harvey Weinstein” scene from the film in the video below.
— Asia Argento (@AsiaArgento) October 10, 2017
Weinstein through a spokesperson denied Argento’s allegations — and indeed all of the rape allegations against him in the New Yorker article.
“Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein,” a Weinstein spokesperson, Sallie Hofmeister, said. “Mr. Weinstein obviously can’t speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual.”
In the article, Argento recounts an incident from 1997 when she was, she said, invited to a Miramax party thrown at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, a swank hotel stationed on the French Riviera. But when she was led upstairs by another Miramax employee, there was no party — only a hotel room occupied by Weinstein alone.
Weinstein quickly asked the then-21-year-old actress, who is the daughter of cult-favorite Italian horror film director Dario Argento, to massage him, to which she agreed — saying in the article that she was a “f****** fool” to do so.
But as she began to administer the massage, Weinstein, “pulled her skirt up, forced her legs apart, and performed oral sex on her as she repeatedly told him to stop,” according to Farrow’s article.
Argento told Farrow that she did not later speak of the incident because she felt guilty for failing to stop Weinstein in the act.
“If I were a strong woman, I would have kicked him in the b**** and run away. But I didn’t. And so I felt responsible,” she said, adding that the alleged assault by Weinstein was a “horrible trauma” that has inhibited her ability to enjoy certain sexual activities.
“I’ve been damaged,” she told Farrow. “Just talking to you about it, my whole body is shaking.”
The New Yorker article says that Weinstein denies inviting Argento to his hotel room on the night in question.
More allegations against Weinstein from well-known actresses also surfaced on Tuesday. In an article published in the New York Times and available to read in full at this link, movie stars Gwyneth Paltrow, 45, and Angelina Jolie, 42, charge that they were sexually harassed by Weinstein at early, vulnerable points in their careers.
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