Cannes 2018 closing ceremony: Asia Argento opens up about rape by Harvey Weinstein in 1997
Asia spoke about how she was raped by Harvey Weinstein in 1997 at the Cannes when she was 21-years-old and did not report the crime because she feared that he would manipulate her career.
Cannes 2018 has created quite a stir at the international stage with the film fraternity. While it all started with an all-female silent protest walk down the red carpet, it also had Kristen Stewart walking the red carpet barefoot to protest the 'only heels' rule. It also had a walkout of over 100 people because of a gory film by Lars von Triers about a serial killer that disgusted people and even Chewbacca walked the red carpet, while actors staged a protest against racism in a French film.
Italian actor Asia Argento made sure Cannes 2018 ended on the right note as she gave a powerful speech at the closing ceremony at Cannes 2018. She spoke about how she was raped by Harvey Weinstein in 1997 at the Cannes Film Festival when she was 21-years-old and did not report the crime because she feared that he would manipulate her career.
"And even tonight, sitting among you, there are those that need 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," she said. "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."
Sallie Hofmeister, Harvey Weinstein's representative, denied all accusations against him. Asia Argento is famous for her role in XXX, Marie Antoinette and Land of the dead among others.