Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain has tweeted support for his girlfriend Asia Argento after she accused Harvey Weinstein of raping her in a new interview.
Bourdain tweeted at his girlfriend ‘I am proud and honored to know you. You just did the hardest thing in the world,’ after she gave a terrifying account of an incident with Weinstein in a hotel room at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in 1997 to the New Yorker.
Bourdain has been vocal about the growing scandal involving the film executive, and attacked Matt Damon for the second time this week.
It’s been alleged the Bourne Identity star was complicit in helping to cover up the now decades long scandal in 2004.
Standing by her side: Anthony Bourdain stands with his Italian actress girlfriend Asia Argento after she says she was raped by Harvey Weinstein in a new interview
Bourdain has attacked Weinstein and the Hollywood crowd who have been alleged to have been complicit in helping Weinstein in covering it up, or who otherwise remained silent with the knowledge of his alleged behavior
In the New Yorker piece, Argento details a terrifying ordeal with the once powerful Miramax executive. Weinstein was fired from his company last week
Bourdain was in full attack mode on Tuesday. In this tweet he lashes out against Matt Damon who- it’s been claimed- aided Weinstein in stopping an expose from emerging
Former New York Times correspondent Sharon Waxman revealed in a post on The Wrap that she had been working on an expose while with the New York Times about Weinstein.
Waxman, who had been working at the Times in 2004, said in her piece that Damon and Russell Crowe called her after she managed to get multiple sources stating on the record that an Italian man being paid $400,000 by the company knew little about films and was better known for the ‘evenings he organized with Russian escorts.’
The story was ultimately killed despite Waxman’s findings at the time.
Bourdain tweeted ‘Looking forward to “THE BOURNE APOLOGY” in which Jason fights off attempts to expose a pimp’.
Reps for both Crowe and Damon did not respond to DailyMail.com requests for comment.
Meanwhile on Tuesday Gwyneth Paltrow added herself to the growing list of women who are alleging they too were victim to Weinstein’s sexual misconduct.
Matt Damon pictured with Weinstein, is alleged to have been complicit in helping to squash a New York Times expose about Weinstein in 2004
Paltrow’s account of sexual harassment to the New York Times on Tuesday happened while she was dating Brad Pitt. She dat
ed Ben Affleck next- all three pictured at a Miramax party in 1997
In her interview with the New York Times released Tuesday, Paltrow recounted her own experience and how Weinstein invited her to his room at the Peninsula Hotel to talk after giving her the title role in Emma, a 1996 adaptation of the Jane Austen novel.
Once inside, he placed his hands on her ‘suggestively’ and said they should go into the bedroom for massages, she said.
‘I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified,’ Paltrow recalled.
She rebuffed him and left promptly, later telling then boyfriend Brad Pitt about the encounter. Pitt confronted Weinstein at a theatre premiere and told him never to proposition Paltrow again.
His threat did not work. Instead, Weinstein called Paltrow and told her to never mention it to anyone else.
Rapist. Anthony Bourdain, who has been attacking Weinstein asks in the wake of his girlfriend Argento’s claims, if it’s ok to use the word ‘rapist’ and added a ‘#Weinstein’
Anthony Bourdain (left) blasted the Hollywood set who remained silent about Harvey Weinstein’s (right) alleged serial sexual harassment as ‘nauseating chicken-hearted enablers’
Paltrow would go on to date Ben Affleck after her relationship with Pitt ended.
Affleck and Matt Damon’s break out film, 1997’s Good Will Hunting was put out by Weinstein’s Miramax. Weinstein championed for the film to be not only a box office smash but to also hit big during the Academy Awards.
Affleck Tuesday made a statement denouncing Weinstein’s behavior through the years. Meanwhile Damon as of writing, has yet to address the scandal and the information that he aided in killing the ’04 Times expose.
The Italian actress, Argento’s claims stemmed from an incident in 1997. She was at a party hosted by Miramax at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc when Weinstein led to her an empty room and asked her to give him a massage.
Bourdain, the host of Parts Unknown on CNN, made this statment in a Friday tweet about enablers around Weinstein who either knew about his behavior or helped to cover it up
She reluctantly agreed, and halfway through he began to perform oral sex on her despite her repeated request for him to stop.
In the same article, both Rosanna Arquette and Mira Sorvino state that the powerful Hollywood executive forced himself upon them, but that they were able to fight off his sexual advances.
Soon after, the two women say their careers began to suffer.
In total, 13 women said that they were sexually harassed or assaulted by Weinstein and three said that they were raped.
Bourdain has been putting those involved in potentially covering up Weinstein’s behavior on blast since last week, calling them ‘nauseating chicken-hearted enablers.’
He quickly clarified that he was not talking about the alleged victims of harassment
Although assorted Hollywood types made vague statements condemning sexual harassment on Friday, Lena Dunham was among the few to specifically name Weinstein
Bourdain, the host of Parts Unknown on CNN, quickly clarified his Friday tweet about the explosive allegations about the producer stretching back decades, adding, ‘I’m not talking about his victims.’
‘I’m talking about everyone else who knew and said nothing. Who are still staying silent,’ Bourdain wrote.
Bourdain also linked to a Daily Beast article that claimed: ‘One of the only members of “liberal” Hollywood to speak out about the disturbing Weinstein allegations was Lena Dunham, who did so through Twitter’.
Although assorted Hollywood types made vague statements condemning sexual harassment on Friday, Dunham was among the few to specifically name Weinstein.
‘The woman who chose to speak out about their experience of harassment by Harvey Weinstein deserve our awe. It’s not fun or easy. It’s brave,’ she wrote.
The shocking allegations against Weinstein emerged in a Thursday report revealing that Weinstein had settled with at least eight women in sexual harassment claims over the past three decades. Dunham is not believed to be among them.
Actress Ashley Judd went on the record for the New York Times report, saying Weinstein had greeted her in a bathrobe in his hotel room in 1996, inviting her to give him a massage or watch him shower.
Hands were my eyes can see: Ashley Judd posed for a photo with Harvey Weinstein and Vince Vaughn at a 1997 Oscars party (above), just months after he sexually harassed her at his hotel
Big man on campus: Weinstein (middle) was with his first wife Eve Chilton (right in taupe gown) that night, celebrating the nine Oscars won by his film ‘The English Patient’
‘How do I get out of the room as fast as possible without alienating Harvey Weinstein?’ Judd told the newspaper she recalled thinking.
Earlier on Friday, a photo emerged of Judd posing for a red carpet photo with Weinstein just months after the alleged encounter inside his hotel room at the Peninsula Beverly Hills.
The up-and-coming actress, who was 29 at the time, can be seen loosely gripping Weinstein’s hand at a 1997 Oscars party, with the actress keeping his hand where she can see it as she digs her elbow into her side and away from her then-boss.
Judd is also flashing a giant, disingenuous smile for photographers at the event, who had no idea at the time that just a few months prior Weinstein had asked Judd to give him a massage and then watch him shower in the nude during a meeting at his hotel.
Weinstein was seen out and about in New York City on Friday morning, carrying some papers under his arm and smiling for the cameras as he made his way to the waiting SUV outside his home.
On Thursday, he provided a photo of the same 1997 Oscars event from a different angle to the New York Post, suggesting it was proof that he and Judd did not have any major issues after the incident at his hotel.
Hi-ho, hi-ho: Weinstein was seen out and about in New York City on Friday morning (above), carrying some papers under his arm and smiling for the cameras
No worries: Weinstein (above on Friday) is also at risk of possibly losing his job at the namesake company her founded
Also seemingly unaware of the friction that is going on is Vince Vaughn, Judd’s co-star in the 1997 film ‘The Locusts’ and her escort for the evening.
It is unclear if the meeting was by chance or planned, as Judd and Vaughn both starred in a number of Miramax films at that time and may have been trotted out as guests of Weinstein.
Weinstein was coming off the best night of his career, with his studio’s film ‘The English Patient’ coming out as the night’s big winner, taking home Best Picture and Supporting Actress for Juliette Bincohe on its way to nabbing a grand total of nine Academy Awards.
He was joined by his first wife Eve Chilton at the ceremony that night, but she was nowhere to be seen in photos from the afterparty.
Weinstein and Chilton would divorce in 2004 and are parents to three adult daughters.
Judd began bringing her mother and sister to red carpets with her after the 1997 Oscars (Wynonna,Ashley and Naomi above in 1998)
Judd was also not pictured again with Weinstein that night, who at the time had also just been involved in an incident with Rose McGowan at the Sundance Film Festival that he eventually settled with the actress.
McGowan has never commented on that alleged incident.
It was after this night that Judd got into the habit of attending events with her sister Wynona and mom Naomi by her side.
Judd, fresh off the success of her role in the film adaption of John Grisham’s ‘A Time to Kill’ was in the middle of filming Kiss the Girls for Weinstein’s studio Miramax when she got called in for the hotel meeting.
She never went public with the incident however until Thursday, when she detailed the incident for The New York Times in their bombshell investigation into Weinstein’s decades of sexual harassment.
Judd said that she felt uncomfortable almost as soon as she arrived in Weinstein’s rooms, revealing that she ordered cereal from room service because it would arrive quicker than a hot meal.
Judd said she was asked to give Weinstein a massage and then a shoulder rub, both of which she declined while trying to get herself out of the room.
That is when he asked her to help him pick out his clothes for the day and then watch him shower.
‘I said no, a lot of ways, a lot of times, and he always came back at me with some new ask,’ said Judd.
‘It was all this bargaining, this coercive bargaining.’
She eventually made her escape by joking that Weinstein would have to help her win an Oscar before she would be willing to touch him, stating that the prestige of working for his studio made it too difficult to forcefully shut down his harassment.
‘There’s a lot on the line, the cachet that came with Miramax,’ explained Judd.
Judd was at the Oscars a few months later, though not as a nominee, and in 1998 hosted the Sci-Tech Academy Awards.
Iron Woman: Judd revealed she almost called Weinstein out at the premiere of her film ‘Double Jeopardy’ two years later in New York City (above at that premiere with Naomi on left and Wynonna on right)
Not so suite: Judd told the New York Times that Weinstein asked her for a massage and later to watch him shower at his Beverly Hills Hotel (file photo of a suite at the hotel above) in 1996
She previously wrote about the same experience in 2015 for Variety without naming Weinstein, simply saying it was a studio mogul.
‘I was with a bunch of other actors, and it was critical that it was actors: The exact same thing had happened to them by the exact same mogul,’ wrote Judd.
‘Only when we were sitting around talking about it did we realize our experiences were identical. There was a mutual strengthening and fortification of our resolve.’
Don’t kiss or touch the girl: Judd was filmimg ‘Kiss the Girls’ (above) at the time of the meeting
She later wrote in that piece: ‘The ultimate thing when I was weaseling out of everything else was, ‘Will you watch me take a shower?’ And all the other women, sitting around this table with me, said, ‘Oh my god – that’s what he said to me too.”
Judd also recalled the moment she almost called Weinstein out at the premiere of her film ‘Double Jeopardy’ two years later in New York City.
Photos from that event show a different Judd than the one at the 1997 Oscars, with the actress looking poised and steely as she walked the red carpet, surrounded by her mom and sister.
And she did not even bother posing for a photo with Weinsten.
In an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com, Weinstein, 65, expressed profound regret for his inappropriate behavior towards women stretching back decades.
He said he owns his mistakes and revealed he’d had frank talks with Chapman, 41, a British fashion designer and actress, and his five children aged between four and 22.
Weinstein also said he wants to ‘earn the forgiveness’ of Judd, but did deny some of the claims she made in her interview with the Times.
Below are some of the women who have accused Wein
stein of harassing them, or other women.
Angelina Jolie said she had to turn down Weinstein’s advances as a young actress
Gwyneth Paltrow: The star told the New York Times that Weinstein touched her and suggested having joint massages in the bedroom before she started shooting Emma. She said she told her then boyfriend Brad Pitt about the incident and he confronted the mogul
Angelina Jolie: Jolie told the Time she had to turn down advances from Weinstein in the late 1990s and she chose never to work with him again. She said she warned other women about him
Judith Godreche: The French actress says Weinstein tried to massage her and pull off her sweater after asking her up to his Cannes suite to see the view in 1996
Dawn Dunning: Aspiring actress says she was called to a meeting about future film projects. When she arrived Weinstein presented her with three scripts for his next three movies which he would let her star in, only if she had three-way sex with him. She fled the hotel
Tomi-Ann Roberts: Weinstein met her when she was serving tables and told her to meet him at his home. When she arrived he was in the bath and told her she would give a better audition if she was naked. She says she refused and left
Asia Argento: The Italian actress has accused Weinstein of forcibly performing oral sex on her when she was 21. ‘He terrified me, and he was big. It wouldn’t stop. It was a nightmare.’ She said she went on to have consensual sex with him over the years that followed. She documented the alleged attack in her 2000 film Scarlet Diva
Katherine Kendall: The Swingers actress was told Weinstein had to stop off in his apartment to pick something up after a screening. He changed into a bathrobe and told her to massage her. When she resisted she said the mogul returned naked and chased her
Lucia Evans: Aspiring actress claims Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him. Speaking to the New Yorker, she said that she suffered years of trauma after the incident which occurred in a ‘casting meeting’ in a Miramax office in Manhattan
Gwyneth Paltrow revealed that Weinstein attempted to get her into a hotel bedroom and massage her when she was 22
Mira Sorvino: The Mighty Aphrodite actress told the New Yorker that Weinstein tried to massage her in a hotel room at the 1995 Toronto International Film Festival. He then went to her home in the middle of the night but she called a male friend to protect her. She said turning down the mogul adversely affected her career
Rosanna Arquette: The actress also said her career suffered after she rebuffed Weinstein’s advances. At a hotel meeting he tried to put her hand on his erect penis, she claims
Rose McGowan: The actress, who made her breakthrough in 1996 in the Weinstein-produced slasher revival movie Scream, reportedly sued Weinstein after he approached her during production of that movie. She signed a non-disclosure agreement at the close of the suit and has only referred to him obliquely in social media since. On Sunday she referred to being abused by a ‘monster’ and has previously referred to being raped by a studio head.
Ashley Judd: Judd’s film roles include the thriller Kiss the Girls – and says that during the filming of that movie Weinstein repeatedly asked her to watch him shower. She was one of the women who spoke out to The New York Times this week, saying: ‘Women have been talking about Harvey amongst ourselves for a long time, and it’s simply beyond time to have the conversation publicly.’
Zelda Perkins was 25 when, as an assistant of Weinstein’s in London, she reportedly confronted the mogul for harassing her and ‘several’ other women; she later settled out of court
Lauren O’Connor: A former employee of The Weinstein Company, she told executives there in the fall of 2015 that there was ‘a toxic environment for women at this company’ after one of her colleagues told her that Weinstein had pressured her into massaging him while he was naked, the NYT said.
Ambra Battilana: An Italian actress and model, she told the NYT that in March 2015 Weinstein invited her to his New York office. There, she said, he asked if her breasts were real before grabbing them and putting his hands up her skirt. She reported the alleged incident to police, but they did not press charges. According to the NYT, Weinstein later paid her off.
Laura Madden: An ex-employee, she told the NYT that Weinstein had asked her to give him massages from 1991 onwards, while they were both in London and Dublin. ‘It was so manipulative,’ she told the NYT. ‘You constantly question yourself – am I the one who is the problem?’ Weinstein denied knowledge.
Emily Nestor: Nestor was a temporary employee of the Weinstein Company for just one day in 2014 when Weinstein approached her and offered to boost her career in exchange for sex, the NYT reported.
Zelda Perkins: An assistant of Weinstein’s based in London in 1998; then 25, she reportedly confronted Weinstein after she and ‘several’ others were harassed and later settled out of court.
Elizabeth Karlsen, an Oscar-winning producer, said a female executive told her almost 30 years ago that she had found Weinstein naked in her bedroom in a Miramax-rented property
Elizabeth Karlsen: The Oscar-nominated producer of Carol and The Crying Game, among others, told The Hollywood Reporter on Sunday that almost 30 years ago, an unnamed young female executive who had worked at Miramax with Weinstein had found him naked in her bedroom one night. The exec was in a house rented by Miramax at the time to cut its overheads.
Liza Campbell: A freelance script reader, she told the UK’s Sunday Times that Weinstein had summoned her to his hotel room in London before telling her to get in the bath with him.
Lauren Sivan: The former Fox news host said that Weinstein trapped her in a closed restaurant and masturbated in front of her to completion in 2007. He took her to a closed restaurant beneath a club she had visited and attempted to kiss her, then when she refused he cornered her and made her watch him touch himself, according to The Huffington Post.
Jessica Hynes: The British actress, best known for her roles in the Bridget Jones movies and for co-creating and co-writing the sitcom Spaced, said she was invited to audition for Weinstein when she was 19 – in a bikini. Hynes, formerly known as Jessica Stevenson, said she refused to wear the skimpy item – and lost the job.
Romola Garai: British actress Romola Garai said she felt “violated” following a meeting with Harvey Weinstein in his London hotel room when she was 18 in which he was in a bathrobe. Garai, best known for her role in “Atonement”, said she had already been hired for a part but was told to audition privately with the Hollywood mogul because ‘you had to be personally approved by him’. “Like every other woman in the industry, I’ve had an ‘audition’ with Harvey Weinstein,” she told The Guardian. ‘So I had to go to his hotel room in the Savoy and he answered the door in his bathrobe. I was only 18. I felt violated by it’.