Sexual misconduct survivors Olivia Munn and Terry Crews have joined a long list of Hollywood stars who have come out to support Asia Argento following cruel claims she's responsible for boyfriend Anthony Bourdain's suicide.
The Italian actress dated the chef and journalist for a year before he took his own life last month (Jun18), and now vicious online trolls are attacking her by blaming her for his death.
Argento's fellow entertainers have formed a circle of defence around the star, with 45 Hollywood celebrities signing an open letter in defence of Asia against the cyberbullies.
“Asia has now found herself on the receiving end of vicious cyberbullying and repulsive slander at the hands of internet trolls who hold her responsible for Anthony’s death,” a statement obtained by The Wrap reads. "She has been accused of everything from causing her boyfriend’s suicide to trying to use her 'survivor status' and the #MeToo movement to advance her career."
Asia was one of the women who came forth with accusations of sexual assault against disgraced movie executive Harvey Weinstein in a New Yorker expose written by Ronan Farrow and published last year (Oct17), making her a formidable figure in the ongoing #MeToo movement in support of sex crime survivors.
Munn, Crews and other signees of the open letter, including Asia's pal Rose McGowan, Anthony Rapp, Paz De La Huerta and Mira Sorvino, have also come out in public with their sexual assault and harassment stories, and the supportive stars have asked bullies to stop adding more pain by spreading cruel lies.
“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 reads. "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. There has long been a traditional narrative of blaming, vilifying and martyring courageous women. We reject that narrative.”