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Asia Argento Says Harvey Weinstein’s Guilty Verdict ‘Goes Out to’ Anthony Bourdain

Asia Argento is taking a moment to “celebrate” Harvey Weinstein‘s recent guilty verdict.

On Monday, a New York City jury found the 67-year-old film producer guilty of criminal sexual act in the first degree and rape in the third degree, according to The New York Times. He was acquitted on three other charges.

Asia Argento and Harvey Weinstein | Matt Baron/REX/Shutterstock; Venturelli/WireImage

Although more than 80 women — including Argento, 44 — have claimed they were victimized by Weinstein, according to the Times, the charges in the Manhattan trial were focused on only two women: former production assistant Miriam “Mimi” Haleyi and aspiring actress Jessica Mann.

In October 2017, Argento came forward with her story, alleging that Weinstein sexually assaulted her when she was 21.

Applauding the conviction on Instagram, Argento posted a smiling selfie along with fellow Weinstein accuser, model Samantha Panagrosso, dedicating the #MeToo victory to her late boyfriend Anthony Bourdain.

“Harvey Weinstein is now a convicted rapist,” she began the caption. “Two survivors cry and and celebrate. Thank you God. Thank you to all the brave women. Thank you judge and jury in NYC — @samyliscious — this one goes out to you Anthony ❤️.”

According to Argento, in 1997, a producer that worked for Weinstein invited her to what she was told was a Miramax party at a hotel in France. When she arrived, however, there was no one allegedly there except for Weinstein — in a hotel room.

Argento claimed she was left alone with Weinstein, who at first praised her work before leaving the room and returning in a bathrobe. “He asks me to give a massage. I was, like, ‘Look man, I am no f—g fool,’” Argento said in a New Yorker story. “But, looking back, I am a f—g fool. And I am still trying to come to grips with what happened.”

Argento said Weinstein forced her legs apart before performing oral sex on her while she asked him, repeatedly, to stop. Argento said she was “terrified” of him, adding: “It wouldn’t stop. It was a nightmare.”

When the New Yorker story was published, Bourdain — who died by suicide in 2018 — voiced his support for his girlfriend, tweeting: “I am proud and honored to know you. You just did the hardest thing in the world.”

CNN’s Anthony Bourdain dead at 61

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Bourdain New York (CNN)Anthony Bourdain, the gifted chef, storyteller and writer who took TV viewers around the world to explore culture, cuisine and the human condition for nearly two decades, has died. He was 61.

CNN confirmed Bourdain’s death on Friday and said the cause of death was suicide.

Bourdain was in France working on an upcoming episode of his award-winning CNN series, “Parts Unknown.” His close friend Eric Ripert, the French chef, found Bourdain unresponsive in his hotel room Friday morning.

“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” the network said in a statement Friday morning. “His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller.

“His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time.”

Reactions to Anthony Bourdain's death Reactions to Anthony Bourdain’s death Bourdain joined CNN five years ago. In an email to employees, the network’s president, Jeff Zucker, remembered him as an “exceptional talent.” “Tony will be greatly missed not only for his work but also for the passion with which he did it,” Zucker wrote. Viewers around the world felt connected to Bourdain through his fearless travels, his restless spirit and his magical way with words. Fans, fellow chefs, celebrities and friends reacted to his death with stunned sorrow. “My heart breaks for Tony Bourdain,” CNN’s chief international correspondent, Christiane Amanpour, wrote on Twitter. “May he rest in peace now.”

Asking for help

The suicide rate in the United States has seen sharp increases in recent years. Studies have shown that the risk of suicide declines sharply when people call the national suicide hotline: 1-800-273-TALK.

There is also a crisis text line. For crisis support in Spanish, call 1-888-628-9454.

The lines are staffed by a mix of paid professionals and unpaid volunteers trained in crisis and suicide intervention. The confidential environment, the 24-hour accessibility, a caller’s ability to hang up at any time and the person-centered care have helped its success, advocates say.

The International Association for Suicide Prevention and Befrienders Worldwide also provide contact information for crisis centers around the world.

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