To date, there are five women who have publicly stated Harvey Weinstein raped them and Italian model and actress Asia Argento is one of them. She has been very vocal about the allegations and has used her public platform on Twitter to share strength and support to the other women who are sharing similar accounts. One of the most disheartening aspects of the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal is that people are shaming and blaming the victims.
Each woman has dealt with the abuse in her own way, but for Asia Argento, she has stated the rape destroyed her. She also wrote, directed, and starred in a movie where she acted out the rape. She states the scene was based upon what Harvey Weinstein did to her.
For those who have wondered how the victims handled the abuse, Asia Argento’s 2000 award-winning movie Scarlet Diva is a good answer.
— Gianmaria Tammaro (@jan_novantuno) October 15, 2017
Celebrities are coming out to stand up for Asia Argento as some in Hollywood have reverted to slut-shaming and blaming her for the rape.
Actress Ellen Barkin is one who has become very vocal about Harvey Weinstein and the patriarchal system that continues to promulgate rape culture in America.
Anyone questioning why his victims kept silent need only look at current the slut-shaming of @AsiaArgento & others, the smug denials of Fabrizio Lombardo & others. It's happening now. Men & women of power, please don't let this happen to your women…again
— Ellen Barkin (@EllenBarkin) October 14, 2017
— Asia Argento (@AsiaArgento) October 15, 2017
What Ellen Barkin and Asia Argento are referring to are claims she made that the Italian head of Miramax, Fabrizio Lombardo, allegedly procured young women for Harvey Weinstein. Lombardo has lawyered up and denied the allegations as being fake news.
Asia Argento discussed a situation with Fabrizio Lombardo on her Twitter page.
Fabrizio Lombardo brought me to Weinstein's room when I was 21 in '97. He told me it was a Miramax party. Only Harvey was there.
— Asia Argento (@AsiaArgento) October 11, 2017
Asia Argento is in a relationship with Anthony Bourdain. He’s spoken out about the Harvey Weinstein rape allegations including former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s statement which he called shameful and disappointing.
— Ulysses (@Just_a_Texan) October 12, 2017
Journalist Daniela Fedi who was a close friend of Argento’s recently spoke to Newsweek about the allegations. According to both women, Asia told Fedi about the assault after it happened.
Since Fedi was a journalist, Asia thought she would get some help, guidance, or assistance, but nothing ever came of the reveal.
Asia Argento has carried the burden and stigma of rape for 20 years and now that it’s out in the open, she is still being victimized by the press and many on social media
Horrified by victim shaming comments under Daniela Fedi's article and Asia's TL. Reveals their authors' grim mediocrity.
— Plus belle ma life (@MarvelStory) October 15, 2017
Asia Argento did speak out about the rape, but even if she hadn’t, it doesn’t negate the allegations. Women are never to blame for rape. It doesn’t matter if they went to a man’s room, wore their skirt above the knees, smiled at someone in a bar, or went to a business meeting with an executive.
If a man sexually assaults a woman it is his fault and his fault alone. Every person is responsible for their actions and no one can make someone commit rape against another person.
The victim shaming must stop. Women must be a support for one another and not tear each other down.
There is no such thing as an open secret, and many have reported that Harvey Weinstein’s behavior and the allegations were an “open secret” in Hollywood.
An open secret is, in reality, a cover-up. It’s time for victims to come forward and to have their stories told, and ultimately their day in court where justice may be determined.
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