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>> When actor and director Asia Argento accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, she helped inspire the Me Too movement. But in her native Italy, she met with considerable scorn.>> They were doing every day TV shows kind of discussing whether I was raped or not. People I don't know, I didn't know what to expect.
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But definitely I did not expect to be vilified and called a prostitute, and called the worst things on Italian newspapers. Being shamed, slut shamed, victim blamed, I did not expect any of it, and it broke my heart.>> Now she's on the attack, not only against Weinstein, but also former Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi.
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Who's staging a political comeback. Just before Sunday's election, she released this video, she discusses Weinstein, and also interviews Ambra Battilana. A former beauty queen who both wire tapped Weinstein and testified against Berlusconi over his bunga-bunga parties. Berlusconi was acquitted of having sex with an underage prostitute. Argento says his commercial TV empire has been scantily dressed women into Italian households for decades.
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Which some say has molded perceptions of women.>> My whole life, I have lived in Italy. The objectification of women that Berlusconi, first with this TV, things that you wouldn't need. A girl naked, dancing, when you're telling the news, this is Italy.>> Italians largely shrugged off Me Too.
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Some 120 Italian actresses published an open letter about industry abuses, but in vague terms and without names. Feminists do, of course, point to successes, but expect to wait some time before a campaign like Me Too shakes things up. After Argento accused Weinstein, she says she received death threats and was afraid to leave her apartment.
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Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex. Argento thought about leaving Italy, but her activism has since changed her mind.>> If I can be a little voice that can be amplified by other women who think the same, then I think it's my place to stay until things change.