The Italian actress who was among the first to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault gave a blistering speech about the disgraced producer – and issued a general warning to sex predators – at the closing ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival.
“I was raped by Harvey Weinstein here at Cannes. I was 21 years old. The festival was his hunting ground,” said Asia Argento, who was on stage to present a Best Actress award.
“I want to make a prediction: Harvey Weinstein will never be welcomed here ever again,” Argento said. “He will live in disgrace, shunned by a film community that once embraced him and covered up for his crimes.”
The actress and director then said sexual bullying was still alive and well in the film community.
“Even tonight, sitting among you, there are those that need to be held accountable for their conduct against women,” she said. “But most importantly we know who you are and we will not allow you to get away with it any longer.”
The crowd welcomed her to the stage Saturday night in thunderous applause.
Argento, 42, told the New Yorker magazine in its expose on Weinstein that the portly film director sexually assaulted her in the 1990s.
After her speech and award presentation to Samal Yeslyamova of “Ayka,” jury president Cate Blanchett stood up and said of Argento’s comments: “It is complicated as a woman to stand.”
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