Asia Argento closed out her 2018 Cannes Film Festival experience with a powerful speech about Harvey Weinstein.
On Saturday, while on-stage presenting with director Ava DuVernay at the festival's closing ceremony, Argento spoke of her past Cannes experiences, telling the audience that Weinstein — who's been hit with accusations of sexual harassment and assault from more than a dozen women, including Argento — had previously raped her there.
"In 1997, I was raped by Harvey Weinstein here at Cannes," Argento bravely said into the microphone. "I was 21 years old. This festival was his hunting ground. I want to make a prediction: Harvey Weinstein will never be welcomed here ever again. He will live in disgrace, shunned by a film community that once embraced him and covered up for his crimes."
"And even tonight, sitting among you, there are those who still have 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," the Italian actress went on. "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."
Argento received an overwhelming amount of support for her fearless speech, and many took the time to praise her for addressing not only Weinstein but the harmful culture that exists within the festival and entertainment industry.
Argento, who was one of the first women to publicly speak up about Harvey Weinstein, had her story detailed in the scathing New Yorker piece back in Oct. 2017 and received so much backlash for coming forward that she temporarily left Italy.
Then, in Nov. 2017, as more and more women spoke up about their negative experiences with the Hollywood producer, Argento shared a list of more than 100 of his accusers on Twitter.
The emotional speech comes days after 82 women, including Kristen Stewart, Marion Cotillard, Ava DuVernay, and Salma Hayek, locked arms to walk the Cannes red carpet in a call for equal pay and gender representation in the film industry going forward.
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