Italian Director Fausto Brizzi Under Investigation for Alleged Sexual Harassment (Report)

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Italian director Fausto Brizzi has been placed under investigation by prosecutors in Rome on sexual harassment charges brought by three women, Italian daily Corriere della Sera has reported. The formal investigation, which is the first known case of this type in Italy since the #MeToo movement started, is preliminary and does not mean Brizzi, who […]

Asia Argento Says Director Catherine Breillat Abused Her on Set

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Actress Asia Argento struck back at Catherine Breillat after the French director called her a “mercenary and a traitor,” and attacked the #MeToo movement. In a series of tweets, Argento said Breillat abused her during filming of the 2007 film “The Last Mistress,” and said she was “a sadistic and downright evil director.”

The sharp exchange started when Breillat spoke openly about her thoughts on #MeToo during an appearance on the podcast “Murmur.” The episode has been taken down, but according to IndieWire, Breillat said that the downfall of Harvey Weinstein over sexual assault allegations was a “loss” for European cinema and that she didn’t believe Argento’s claims that Weinstein abused her.

“As a person, Asia Argento is quite servile,” Breillat said. “I never asked her to kiss my feet, but she’s that kind of person. I don’t believe Asia. If there’s anyone capable of defending herself, who’s not timid about sex, who does it a lot, and has lots and lots of desire for both men and women, it’s her.”

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“For Asia, it was obviously, let’s say, motivated by self-interest — it was a kind of semi-prostitution,” Breillat went on to say, adding that she thinks Argento is a “mercenary and a traitor.”

“Asia may have been disappointed that she didn’t become a great Hollywood actress she might have been, but there were lots of other things: drugs, many other things,” Breillat continued. “She feels bitter. Because bitterness, too, can lead people to denounce if you wanted to obtain something and you didn’t obtain it, if you feel humiliated. Quite honestly, I don’t like Asia. I think she’s a mercenary and a traitor.”

Argento responded with a series of tweets lambasting Breillat and others who have attacked women that came out about their abuse. She also noted that Breillat has not commented on collaborating in 1977 with fashion photographer David Hamilton on the movie “Bilitis,” which follows a teenage girl’s sexual exploits after she becomes intrigued by a married couple. Hamilton was accused by six women of sexually abusing them when they were minors and committed suicide a week after the accusations were made public.

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Catherine Breillat, the writer of Bilitis, a film that rhapsodises child sex for rapist pedophile photographer David Hamilton, has no place in judging me.

– Asia Argento (@AsiaArgento) March 30, 2018

David Hamilton put a bag over his head and killed himself rather than face his accusers, six women who claimed he had raped and molested them as children. What does Catherine Breillat have to say about her former collaborator?

– Asia Argento (@AsiaArgento) March 30, 2018

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“I am both sad and angered by these old school self proclaimed ‘feminists’ and their lack of humanity in face of other women’s suffering,” Argento wrote. “The French ones have proved to be the worst.”

Argento outlined her memories of working with Breillat 11 years ago on “The Last Mistress,” accusing the director of repeatedly insulting her and pushing actors into doing scenes they were not comfortable doing. Breillat had suffered a stroke three years prior, and Argento says the cast and crew tried to avoid arguing with her to prevent triggering another one, something that she says Breillat knew and took advantage of.

During the shoot I fell terribly ill and ended up at the hospital where I had to be operated. As I fought to stay alive with a terrible infection, she would come to visit me and tell me I would never work again because I made her stop shooting.

– Asia Argento (@AsiaArgento) March 30, 2018

During the scene she wouldn’t call CUT , so the main actor almost fainted and he took it on me. We got in a “fist fight” while Breillat sneered in the back.

– Asia Argento (@AsiaArgento) March 30, 2018

These are some drawings I made of Catherine Breillat on my journal, while at the hospital and during the shoot, in spring 2006. pic.twitter.com/EwO3xheTzd

– Asia Argento (@AsiaArgento) March 30, 2018

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“I never told these things because I always thought that what happens on a film set remains on a film set, but she really pressed the wrong buttons by reminding me what a monster she is,” Argento concluded.

Several major figures in the #MeToo movement, including fellow Weinstein accusers Mira Sorvino and Annabella Sciorra, have tweeted their support of Argento.

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Actress Asia Argento, Director Catherine Breillat Trade Barbs In Heated Exchange

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Actress Asia Argento, one of the many women to call out Harvey Weinstein for alleged sexual harassment, has hit back hard at some stinging words from French director Catherine Breillat, with whom she collaborated on 2007 drama The Last Mistress.
After the Fat Girl and Bluebeard filmmaker called Argento a “traitor” and a “mercenary” and accused her of “semi-prostitution” during a stunningly frank recent podcast appearance, the xXx star this morning roared back with some…

Vincent Gallo Criticizes Rose McGowan and Asia Argento, Says He’s a Harvey Weinstein Victim

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Filmmaker and actor Vincent Gallo has strongly critcized Rose McGowan and Asia Argento, and called himself a victim of Harvey Weinstein in an open letter published by Another Man magazine.

“I was close to Asia Argento, but we were never engaged. I do remember though threatening Harvey Weinstein for what Asia claimed he did to her,” wrote Gallo, who says he then became a target of Weinstein’s wrath. “That created a real enemy in Harvey who certainly went out of his way to marginalize my work and my opportunities as much as he could. By calling him out, then I was his enemy and no one from the press would repeat any of my claims against him.”

Gallo, who broke through as a director on “Buffalo 66” added, “My clash with him was costly to me in a real way. Naturally, it felt bad when, instead of speaking out along with me, Asia then denied and changed her story and went on to work with him, carry on a personal relationship with him, and repeat additional things I said about him to further enrage him against me. Her appearance in recent press regarding Harvey is very uncomfortable for me.”

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Gallo also went off on McGowan saying, “What if, instead of taking a $100,000 payoff to remain silent, Rose McGowan filed charges against Harvey Weinstein at the time of her incident? How many future incidents would she have prevented?

“Harvey Weinstein is a brutal pig, yes, but I really wish it wasn’t those two particular girls getting glorified for now saying so,” he added.

Last October, McGowan wrote that Weinstein raped her on Twitter after she was named in an explosive New York Times story along with other women who alleged the movie mogul committed sexual assault. The New York Times later reported that Weinstein paid McGowan a $100,000 settlement to keep quiet about the 1997 allegations. Weinstein has denied all allegations of criminal wrongdoing.

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