The network CNN pulled episodes of Anthony Bourdain’s TV Show following the accusations of statutory rape levied against Asia Argento – the actress who co-starred in the aforementioned series for just two appearances.
The late Bourdain’s girlfriend was featured in two episodes of the show, however, those episodes will no longer be aired by the network. They won’t be shown in syndication either.
As it was previously reported, in August, Jimmy Bennett claims Argento, through Anthony Bourdain, paid him $380,000 for his silence regarding the supposed sexual assault that occurred in 2013.
At that time, Jimmy was 17-years-old and Asia was 37-years-old – illegal under California law. A spokesperson for the organization claimed, “CNN will discontinue airing past episodes of Parts Unknown that included her.”
According to the report, the two episodes featuring the disgraced actress included Bourdain’s trip to Rome, as well as a trip to Hong Kong in the 11th season. Argento actually directed the episode in Hong Kong.
Deadline claims Bourdain said the Rome episode was their “most beautiful show,” and Hong Kong was a “professional highlight.” As most know, Asia was one of the most active voices in the fight against Harvey Weinstein, the producer who has since been accused of assault by nearly 80 women.
If the allegations are true, Asia met with Jimmy 5 years ago in a hotel room, where she gave him alcohol, pulled down his pants, performed oral sex on him, and then had sex with him.
The situation became even worse when Asia denied the charges, blamed her deceased boyfriend, and then one of her mutual friends, Rain Dove, the partner of Rose McGowan, leaked the text messages to the police.
In the SMS messages, Asia speaks with an unidentified person and says that the “kid jumped me,” and admits she had sex with him and it “was weird.” Additionally, a photograph acquired by TMZ circulated online showing the two laying bed together.