Asia Argento Says She Would Not Go Public With Weinstein Accusation Again

The actress says she experienced negative fallout after she went public.

Italian actress Asia Argento walks the runway during the Antonio Grimaldi Spring Summer 2019 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 21, 2019 in Paris, France.
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The actress says she experienced negative fallout after she went public.

Thinking back about how dealing with her own experiences related to Harvey Weinstein, Asia Argento recently announced that if she was given another chance to go public with her allegations against Weinstein, she would stay quiet. The 43-year-old actress admitted that she would have remained silent and not accused Weinstein of both sexual assault and rape.

In October of 2017, the actress and director gave an interview to Ronan Farrow for the New Yorker magazine. During the interview, she claimed that she also had been a victim of the once famous film producer during the 1990s. Argento told the magazine that Weinstein had assaulted her, but she also disclosed that she also had consensual relations with him as well, according to Contact Music.

Following her interview, Argento came clean with the public once again in May, 2018. That month, she gave a powerful speech and told her story about Weinstein. During her festival speech, the actress accused Weinstein of raping her when she was 21-years-old. While Argento did receive a lot of support as well as applause for speaking out about the disgraced Hollywood producer, it was difficult for her to relive the traumatic incidents of her past. However, she was happy to learn that her honesty helped other women who also experienced similar traumatic events at the hands of Harvey Weinstein come forward.

Even though her disclosure helped other alleged victims of Weinstein also publicly announce their stories, Argento says she doesn’t feel she could ever give that first October, 2017, interview again. Argento has her own personal reasons for making that assertion. According to the actress, giving that interview had a very negative effect on her life, and she doesn’t think she could ever live through that type of fall-out again.

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”When people ask me if I would accuse Harvey Weinstein again, I say yes I would, because that helped so many women. But the truth is that no, I wouldn’t do it again. Answering that question Ronan Farrow asked me triggered so many negative events in my life. So no, I don’t think I would do it again today,” Argento said, according to Contact Music.

Argento also stated that she never went to the police to file charges against Weinstein after the rape happened. The actress claimed that after the incident occurred, she was stunned and not able to process the situation. So, she tried to make things seem normal to her again. Basically, she tried to ignore the issue, and that created a lot of pain for her later on.