Friday, 13 October 2017

Fast Facts About Asia Argento, the Actress Accusing Harvey Weinstein of Rape

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On Oct. 5, The New York Times published a disturbing report detailing multiple sexual harassment complaints against Harvey Weinstein. After the story broke, The New Yorker published its own investigation, in which multiple women accused the Hollywood producer of rape. One of the women in question is Italian actress Asia Argento, who says she was sexually assaulted by Weinstein 20 years ago. Here's what you need to know about Argento and her allegations against Weinstein.

Who Is Asia Argento

Argento is an Italian actress and director and the daughter of Italian film director Dario Argento. She is also the author of the 1999 novel I Love You, Kirk.

Argento is currently dating chef Anthony Bourdain and was previously married to filmmaker Michele Civetta. She and Michele are parents to a 9-year-old son, and Argento also has a 16-year-old daughter from a previous relationship with Italian musician Marco Castoldi.

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Her Film Career

Argento has starred in several films, including xXx, Marie Antoinette, and B. Monkey (which Weinstein produced). She also wrote and directed the 2000 drama Scarlet Diva, in which she included a scene similar to the alleged sexual assault incident between her and Weinstein.

She has won several awards for her work, including three Golden Globes and two David di Donatello trophies, which is the Italian equivalent of an Oscar.

Her Allegations Against Weinstein

On Oct. 10, The New Yorker published an investigation into the history of sexual assault claims against Weinstein, which prominently included Argento's account. Argento claimed that Weinstein sexually assaulted her at the Hotel du Cap in France in 1997 even after she repeatedly said "no" to his advances. "I was not willing," she told the publication. "I said, 'No, no, no.' . . . It's twisted. A big fat man wanting to eat you. It's a scary fairy tale." She also explained why it took her 20 years to tell her story, saying, "I know he has crushed a lot of people before. That's why this story - in my case, it's 20 years old; some of them are older - has never come out."

Three years after the alleged incident, Argento released Scarlet Diva, in which a producer corners her character in a hotel room, asks for a massage, and attempts to sexually assault her. "People would ask me about him because of the scene in the movie," Argento said. According to the actress, Weinstein saw the film when it was released later in the US and recognized himself in the producer's character. "Ha, ha, very funny," Argento recalled him telling her. Argento also revealed that Weinstein apologized for the incident.

Following Argento's allegations, Bourdain took to social media to show support for his girlfriend. "@AsiaArgento I am proud and honored to know you. You just did the hardest thing in the world," Bourdain tweeted out on Oct. 10. "Can we use the word 'rapist' now? #Weinstein."

Other celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence, Barack Obama, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Kate Winslet, have also used their platforms to speak out against Weinstein.

*Georgetown is a city in Quitman County, Georgia, United States. It is at the Alabama-Georgia state line next to Walter F. George Lake. The population was 973 at the 2000 census. In 2006, Georgetown and Quitman County voted to consolidate their governments, becoming the smallest such consolidated entity in the Lower 48 states.[1] Contents 1 History 2 Geography 3 Demographics 4 Education 4.1 Quitman County School District 5 Gallery 6 References 7 External links History Settled in the early 1830s, Georgetown was first named Tobanana for the nearby creek. The Tobanana Post Office was established on January 10, 1833. On September 21, 1836, the name of the town was changed to "Georgetown" after the historic neighborhood in Washington, D.C. Georgetown was designated in 1859 as the county seat of Quitman County and was laid out as a town by order of the Inferior Court. The town was incorporated by an act of the legislature on December 9, 1859. A brigade of federal cavalry, commanded by General Benjamin H. Grierson, camped for a time near Georgetown on the banks of the Tobanana Creek at the close of the American Civil War. Georgetown was destroyed by fire in 1903; every building except for the post office and three houses were destroyed. Geography Georgetown is located at 31°53'02?N 85°06'05?WCoordinates: 31°53'02?N 85°06'05?W.[2] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.9 square miles (10 km2), of which, 2.7 square miles (7.0 km2) of it is land and 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2) of it (30.46%) is water. Demographics Historical population Census Pop. %± 1870 263 — 1880 245 -6.8% 1890 348 42.0% 1900 348 0.0% 1910 313 -10.1% 1920 244 -22.0% 1930 345 41.4% 1940 367 6.4% 1950 550 49.9% 1960 554 0.7% 1970 860 55.2% 1980 935 8.7% 1990 913 -2.4% 2000 973 6.6% 2010 2,513 158.3% Est. 2014 2,315 [3] -7.9% U.S. Decennial Census[4] As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 973 people, 367 households, and 274 families residing in the city. The population density was 355.0 people per square mile (137.1/km²). There were 554 housing units at an average density of 202.1 per square mile (78.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 60.02% African American, 39.77% White, 0.10% Asian, and 0.10% from two or more races. There were 367 households out of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.4% were married couples living together, 26.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.3% were non-families. 22.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.11. In the city the population was spread out with 27.6% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 25.2% from 25 to 44, 20.1% from 45 to 64, and 20.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 83.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.1 males. The median income for a household in the city was $22,941, and the median income for a family was $25,250. Males had a median income of $22,404 versus $20,000 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,407. About 22.0% of families and 25.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.9% of those under age 18 and 30.4% of those age 65 or over. Education Quitman County School District The Quitman County School District holds grades pre-school to grade eight, and consists of one elementary-middle school.[6] The district has 22 full-time teachers and over 314 students.[7] Gallery Quitman County Courthouse was built in 1939 by the Public Works Administration using federal relief funds. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The old Quitman County Jail. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Georgetown City Hall. Georgetown Post Office (ZIP code: 39854)
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