Several prominent #MeToo advocates, including Rose McGowan, Terry Crews, Anthony Rapp, Mira Sorvino, Rosanna Arquette, Paz de la Huerta and Natasha Henstridge have published an open letter in the Los Angeles Times defending Asia Argento after trolls lashed out at her following her boyfriend Anthony Bourdain’s suicide last month.
"One of the most vocal and unwavering figures in the #MeToo movement has been Asia Argento," the open letter states, describing the "vicious cyberbullying and repulsive slander" she has been a victim of, including being blamed for his death and claims that she is leveraging the #MeToo movement for fame.
"We are here to ask those who are angry and grieving the loss of Anthony to find a healthy outlet for their pain," the letter read. "Asia is a survivor, just as we are, and her fame and outward show of strength does not make her any less vulnerable. Asia is not a headline — she is a human being, and she is in horrific pain."
Argento was one of the first women to share her sexual assault story with The New Yorker, claiming the widely accused harasser Harvey Weinstein assaulted her in 1997. (More than 80 women have accused him of misconduct, including rape, a charge he denies).