Harvey Weinstein accuser Asia Argento just shared the movie scene she filmed based on his alleged sexual assault

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Following the explosive story in the New York Times last week on movie producer Harvey Weinstein, The New Yorker came out with its own piece Tuesday that includes allegations of sexual assault against the disgraced movie mogul.

One of the revelations is that Weinstein allegedly performed unwanted oral sex on Italian actress-director Asia Argento in a hotel room in 1997.

“It was a nightmare,” Argento told The New Yorker.

It was a nightmare that Argento then partially dramatized in public, for all to see.

In 2000, a movie Argento wrote and directed, “Scarlet Diva,” was released. It includes a scene that’s similar to what she allegedly went through with Weinstein three years earlier.

The character Argento plays, Anna, is cornered in a hotel room by a heavyset producer who asks her for a massage and tries to assault her.

Argento said in The New Yorker story that after the movie was released, other women recognized that the producer character was a portrayal of Weinstein. 

“People would ask me about him because of the scene in the movie,” Argento said. Women also told her about similar encounters with Weinstein.

According to Argento, Weinstein — who by that time had built a friendship with Argento — saw the movie when it was released in the US and recognized himself. “Ha, ha, very funny,” Argento recounted him saying to her. But he also allegedly said that he was “sorry for whatever happened.”

Argento said there’s one major difference in the movie versus her real life experience. “In the movie I wrote,” she said, “I ran away.”

After The New Yorker story went live, Argento took to Twitter and posted the hotel scene in “Scarlet Diva.” 

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'Criminal Minds' Recap: What Kind of Killer Uses Old School Microcassette Tapes? – BuddyTV (blog)

In this episode of Criminal Minds, titled “Blue Angel,” the BAU faces off against a killer who is attacking successful businessmen in Detroit. They’re led to an escort agency called Blue Angel International Social Club, but they find out that all may not be as it seems. As they hunt down this killer, more bodies continue to drop, and ultimately the team must rescue two victims before it’s too late.

Torture Tapes

It’s night, a car pulls up in a wooded area and stops. A hooded figure gets out of the car and breaks the chain to a creepy shed. Inside the shed, there is a bunch of torture equipment, cassette tapes, men’s ties, and more. The figure goes back out to the car, revealing a man tied up inside the trunk.

Cut to Matt Simmons waking up in bed. His wife gets ready for work nearby. She’s happy to share a bed with her husband after ten years of marriage; the two share an intimate moment. At the BAU office, Garcia, Luke, and Reid exit the elevator talking about ideas for Reid’s new seminar. Prentiss interrupts, the Detroit Police Department needs the BAU’s help.

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Detroit PD has found a victim hanging naked from a meat hook. They believe it is connected to another earlier murder, but can’t find any specific connections between the two victims themselves. Both victims had been emasculated and there was no blood found at the scene. Simmons suggests the team look into the mafia in Detroit since the display of the victims looks like cartel killings.

The unsub rematches a tape of the torture of the last victim. On the plane, the team thinks that the first victim is more likely than the second to have a mafia connection. Garcia jumps in and reveals high withdrawals from both of the men’s bank accounts.

In Detroit, Simmons, Reid, and Prentiss head to the police department where an officer Simmons knew when he was a rookie, is now a Captain. The police have a video of the second victim being tortured. The unsub castrates him and then lets him bleed to death. Two micro-cassette tapes (very old tech) were sent, one to each victim’s homes. Prentiss and Simmons talk to Mrs. Wyler (the wife of the second victim), who claims she doesn’t know about the bank records and leaves for the bathroom after being asked about them. Prentiss hypothesizes that both victims were using a high-end escort service and calls Garcia to confirm. 

The Blue Siren

Prentiss, Luke, Simmons, and J.J. discuss the qualities of the unsub: he’s confident, has expertise, and likely has had victims before. Garcia calls in revealing that she has found “Dasha” the escort talking to the two victims via a website called Blue Siren International Social Club. She was likely the last person to see the two men alive.

Meanwhile, the unsub has a new victim in the shed, he plays a tape of a man’s voice as he starts to torture the victim.

Luke and J.J. follow up on Blue Siren International and find that the location is a sorority house. One of the girls there says that “Dasha” is no longer a member of the club, while another is reluctant to talk. Eventually, they tell Luke and J.J. the name of “Dasha” is actually Kimberly Desmond.

Back at the station, Reid and the team look at the torture video and find that the unsub might be utilizing a cargo container. As they discuss, the police captain arrives to tell them a new victim has been found in a different location.

Prentiss and Simmons go to Kimberly’s house. She says she left Blue Siren to start her own site. Prentiss finds out that Phillip Sullivan is the name of the third victim; Kimberly knew him as well as the first two men. A third tape was also left.

The team postulates that the unsub could be related to Kimberly or a jealous lover. They decide to look into her family. At Kimberly’s house, Simmons is on guard duty. He talks to his wife and afterward, Kimberly tries to entice him into bed with her. J.J. and Luke talk to Kimberly’s mom, Janel. She says Kimberly’s father died of cancer when she was five years old, she has no siblings and no family in the area. They call Garcia for verification and she begins to look into the male members of the Desmond family.

At the police station, Reid finds an anomaly in the audio from the torture tapes. They clarify the sound and recognize it as an aircraft engine. Reid narrows down their search of airports to three local ones. Prentiss sends everyone out to divide and conquer. In the woods, the unsub pulls up in his car again and sees the FBI vehicles coming. He heads into the container, starts destroying everything, ultimately lighting the whole place on fire. 

The Truth About Kimberly Desmond

The team finds the torture location and the symbol of the mafia nearby. They think the unsub was a mafia enforcer, a sadist who started killing again after the mafia operation ended. Behind the container, they find the buried skull of a woman, who had been killed with a bullet to the back of the head. They believe this victim had to have been special to the unsub. Garcia calls the team and confirms that Kimberly has no male relatives on her dad’s side. What is weird, however, is that Kimberly has no birth certificate. And to make things even stranger, Kimberly’s mother, Janel, lied about her name on her marriage certificate. Rossi, Simmons, and Tara head to Janel’s house to talk to her, but find the door unlocked, signs of a struggle, and Janel missing. 

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At Kimberly’s house, she hears a noise and finds Agent Simmons gone, but a dying police officer on the floor. As she tries to call 911, she runs right into the unsub. Meanwhile, Garcia finds the female victim’s identity, a missing person named Cynthia, who turns out to be Kimberly’s real mother. Kimberly’s adopted mother Janel, was present at Kimberly’s birth and is really Kimberly’s father’s sister (Kimberly’s aunt). Kimberly’s father, Gabriel, the team learns, was just released from prison. They figure he went in search of his biological daughter and after learning about her escort services, started a form of “parental protection.” 

Kimberly wakes up in a strange house with Janel and then her father comes in. He’s holding them in their old home. The BAU team is afraid that Kimberly’s rejection of her father will unleash hell. Kimberly’s father tells her the truth about her past. He calls her a whore and says it’s his responsibility to take care of all the men who took advantage of his girl.

Back at the police station, Reid thinks that the last victim was placed in an area owned by the Mafia. Using that theory, he and Garcia find the location where Kimberly and Janel are being held. At that location, Janel confirms the truth to Kimberly, and when Kimberly tries to escape, Janel stabs her brother in the back. Kimberly manages to exit the house just as the FBI arrives. Simmons enters the house and finds Janel in the upstairs bedroom. He chases after Gabriel, who attacks him behind the house. Eventually, Simmons gets the better of Gabriel and he is arrested. Kimberly thanks Simmons. Back in DC, Simmons returns home to his sleeping wife and ecstatic four kids.

What did you think of this episode? Did you expect the unsub to be Kimberly’s father? What did you think of the glimpse into Matt Simmons’ personal life?

Let us know in the comments! Criminal Minds season 13 airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on CBS. Want more news? Like our Criminal Minds Facebook page.

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Harvey Weinstein Adds Criminal Lawyers to Team – Hollywood Reporter

Blair Berk, an attorney who has previously represented Mel Gibson and Lindsay Lohan, is hired by the embattled movie mogul.

Harvey Weinstein continues to prepare for fallout from published reports about his conduct toward women over many decades. He’s now added criminal defense attorney Blair Berk to his legal team.

Although many of the accusations of harassment and sexual assault detailed in The New York Times and The New Yorker stretch back many years, there’s no statute of limitations on rape in New York. So far, law enforcement authorities in New York and Los Angeles haven’t indicated any open investigation into the movie mogul’s behavior, but as the scandal continues to unfold with more and more women coming forward, Weinstein is apparently bracing himself for whatever might come.

Berk is a West Hollywood-based attorney with a track record of representing famous stars in trouble. Her past clients include Mel Gibson, Lindsay Lohan, Kiefer Sutherland and Kanye West. Despite representing famous individuals, the Harvard-trained attorney prefers to stay under the radar. She once told CNN, “In my 20 years of practice, I have never once found it in my client’s best interest to have media coverage of their criminal case.”

On the other hand, she pays attention to what’s in the media. In a 2013 profile here, she was quoted as saying, “You’re not doing your job unless you have a very high degree of sophistication about how these cases are covered and how the different parties in the case will approach publicizing their position in the case.”

Weinstein has also reportedly retained a second criminal attorney, David Chesnoff, but The Hollywood Reporter hasn’t yet been able to confirm that engagement. Chesnoff is based in Las Vegas and has his own list of past star clientele, including Bruno Mars and Britney Spears. The attorney also represented Starz chief Chris Albrecht when the entertainment executive was running HBO and was fighting a domestic violence charge.

It’s been a roster churn of lawyers for Weinstein in the past week. He’s lost Lisa Bloom and Lanny Davis, but brought aboard Patty Glaser to deal with his termination from The Weinstein Company. Also by Weinstein’s side is Charles Harder, who has said a defamation lawsuit against The New York Times is in the works.

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