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.”
Watch it below:
— Asia Argento (@AsiaArgento) October 10, 2017