ANTHONY BOURDAIN SUPPORTS GIRLFRIEND ASIA ARGENTO FOLLOWING HARVEY WEINSTEIN SEXUAL ASSAULT CLAIMS

Celebrated chef Anthony Bourdain has come to the support of his girlfriend Asia Argento after she went on the record to The New Yorker accusing embattled Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of raping her.

Bourdain tweeted to Argento, ‘I am proud and honored to know you. You just did the hardest thing in the world.’

Argento’s story begins in a hotel room at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in 1997. Then a 21-year-old rising star, she was invited to a Miramax party, or so she thought. When the Italian actress arrived at the French hotel, she alleges she was led into a hotel room where Harvey Weinstein was.

But there was no party, instead, according to Argento, Weinstein left the room, returning in a bathrobe and asked for a massage. She reluctantly acquiesced to the massage, but Weinstein did not stop there. He allegedly lifted her skirt and sexually assaulted her despite her repeated protests.

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Argento’s fear was that the powerful Weinstein would “crush” her, which is why it has taken twenty years for her to speak out. A flood of Hollywood stars from Meryl Streep, Charlize Theron, Jessica Chastain, Julianne Moore, Lena Dunham and Brie Larson to Kate Winslet, Nicole Kidman, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, George Clooney and Matt Damon are now speaking up for Argento and Weinstein’s other accusers like Rose McGowan and Ashley Judd.

However, Bordain appeared to take issue with Damon whom it was alleged might have helped kill an exposé on Weinstein in 2004. Bordain tweeted, ‘Looking forward to “THE BOURNE APOLOGY” in which Jason fights off attempts to expose a pimp,’ making reference to the role that Damon made famous.

And while Hollywood’s elite are speaking up now, few were vocal when the Weinstein claims first emerged. Many attribute that reluctance to the power Weinstein wielded for decades and the fact that his inappropriate behavior was an open secret in Hollywood.

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