Two of Harvey Weinstein’s accusers, Italian actress Asia Argento and model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, will be interviewed live onstage by investigative reporter Ronan Farrow at the 2018 Women in the World Summit, it has been revealed.
Argento has accused Weinstein of rape and forcibly performing oral sex on her in 1997 at the Hotel du Cap-Eden Roc. Gutierrez wore a wire as part of an NYPD sting operation, capturing audio in which Weinstein is heard admitting to sexually assaulting the actress the previous day, The Guardian reports. (That investigation was dropped by the Manhattan DA’s office after two weeks, with no charges filed.)
The two women will be joined by Italian journalist and politician Laura Boldrini, to discuss the impact of the #MeToo movement in Italy.
Farrow, who has published a series of investigations into allegations made against Weinstein, that suggest systemic abuse, will quiz Argento and Gutierrez about how they are faring in the wake of making the accusations public, and the sexism and oppression endured by women in Italy.
“A theme of Women in the World this year is how to take #MeToo global and take it to places where misogyny drowns it out,” Women in the World Founder and CEO Tina Brown told the Guardian. “One of those countries is post-Berlusconi Italy, where sexism is served up every day like pasta.”
Brown founded Talk magazine in 1998 with Miramax, the film company Harvey Weinstein founded with his brother Bob, and has written for Women in the World about the bruising experience of working for such an “intimidating and ferocious man.”
Gutierrez had previously testified against Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, after attending one of his “bunga bunga” parties, resulting in vilification by the Italian media. After her accusations against Weinstein, the New York Post called her the “image of the perfect she-devil” and speculated on her motivations.
“When Ronan’s story was released in October, I felt relieved and started to come out of my depression knowing this behavior would no longer be accepted and soon come to an end,” she told the Guardian.
The agenda for the 2018 Women in the World New York Summit can be seen here.
Read the full story at The Guardian.