Asia Argento Makes Blistering #MeToo Speech in Front of Cannes Crowd

Tells stunned audience, 'this festival was (Weinstein's) hunting ground.'

Asia Argento
Italian actress Asia Argento gestures on stage on May 19, 2018 during the closing ceremony of the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. (VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

Asia Argento didn’t stick to the script while presenting the best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday Night.

Stunning the festival crowd in attendance on hand for the awards ceremony, the 42-year-old actress lashed out at a culture that enabled predators like Harvey Weinstein to prey on women in the industry.

“In 1997, I was raped by Harvey Weinstein here at Cannes,” she said as she stood next to jury member Ava DuVernay. “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. “He will live in disgrace, shunned by a film community that embraced him and covered up for his crimes.”

But he was not the only culprit, she pointed out.

“And even tonight, sitting among you, there are those who still have to be held accountable for their conduct against women,” she said. “For behavior that does not belong in this industry, does not belong in any industry or any workplace. You know who you are. You do not belong in this industry. But most importantly, we know who you are, and we’re not going to allow you to get away with it any longer.”

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