Actress Asia Argento closed the Cannes ceremony (to HUGE applause) with a formal declaration against Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced film producer ousted by Argento as well as actresses Kate Beckinsale, Lysette Anthony, Gwyneth Paltrow and more than 50 other women who accused Weinstein of crimes ranging from rape to sexual assault.
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 Asia Argento didn’t stop there, she also called out sexual predators in the film industry at large.
“Even tonight,” she said, “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. 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.”
Asia Argento was one of the key figures to come out early with claims of sexual assault against Harvey Weinstein, and she has faced abuse in Italy and France ever since.
But tonight Argento looked into the crowd and she delivered that powerful speech standing alongside Cannes jury member Ava DuVernay, and we are proud to witness that Argento did not hold back.