Italian actress Asia Argento called out Harvey Weinstein for his “crimes” on Saturday during the Cannes Film Festival’s awards show. She also put other predators in the industry on notice, promising, “We’re not going to allow you to get away with it any longer.”
“I have a few words to tell you. In 1997, I was raped by Harvey Weinstein here at Cannes,” Argento began during her presentation of the best actress award. “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,” she said while flanked by fellow presenter Ava DuVernay. “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,” Argento continued. “For behavior that does not belong in this industry, does not belong in any industry or workplace. 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 came forward with her accusations against Weinstein as part of the 2017 Ronan Farrow New Yorker piece that ultimately took the disgraced movie mogul down.
Watch Argento’s impassioned speech from Cannes below.
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