Three powerful women met over a dinner made by one of the world's most recognizable chefs on Saturday, Nov. 25. Rose McGowan, Annabella Sciorra, and Asia Argento shared a dinner made by Argento's boyfriend, Anthony Bourdain. All three women have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, and while the details of their evening together were not disclosed in Bourdain's tweet, coming together was likely comforting for them. As much as people can speculate about what life has been like for Weinstein's accusers since they came forward, no one understands the reality better than the women who are living the experience.
"It was an honor to cook for this meeting of the minds @AsiaArgento @rosemcgowan @AnnabellSciorra"
Meanwhile, Argento shared the same photo in black and white, and she wrote a beautiful message to McGowan and Sciorra. Argento wrote,
"You are my sister
And I love you
May all of your dreams come true
I want this for you
They're gonna come true @AnnabellSciorra @rosemcgowan"
On Oct. 5, a New York Times exposé revealed the numerous allegations of sexual assault and misconduct against Weinstein. Since then more women, like Argento and Sciorra, have come forward with their allegations against Weinstein as well, creating a picture of decades of alleged sexual misconduct in Hollywood from the producer. In a statement issued to The New Yorker, a spokesperson for Weinstein said, "Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein. Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances."
Argento came forward with her allegations against Weinstein in the Oct. 23 issue of The New Yorker. In 1999, the Italian actress' film B. Monkey was released stateside by Weinstein's company Miramax. Argento alleges that in 1997, a producer led her to Weinstein's hotel room to attend a party, but once they arrived the only person there was Weinstein. The unnamed producer denied to The New Yorker that he led Argento to Weinstein's hotel room.
When she was alone in the room with Weinstein, he allegedly came out of the bathroom wearing a robe and asking for a massage. Argento claims that she initially balked at the idea, but she reluctantly gave in to his request. At that point, Weinstein allegedly pushed her skirt up and began giving Argento oral sex against her will.
Argento told The New Yorker,
"I was not willing. I said, 'No, no, no.' . . . It's twisted. A big fat man wanting to eat you. It's a scary fairy tale."
Since she came forward with her story, Argento's boyfriend, Bourdain, has been supporting Argento and other Weinstein accusers for their bravery. Shortly after Argento's story was made public, Bourdain tweeted, "I am proud and honored to know you. You just did the hardest thing in the world."
Argento shared her allegations with journalist Ronan Farrow, as did Sciorra, who alleges that the producer raped her. As for McGowan, her voice has been one of the loudest in the movement to hold men accountable for their actions for some time now. She too alleges that Weinstein raped her. According to NYT, McGowan reached a $100,000 settlement with the producer in 1997.
Together these three women and many others have bravely shared their stories as survivors of sexual assault. Currently, Weinstein is under investigation by the police in New York City, London, and Los Angeles.
The dinner that McGowan, Sciorra, and Argento shared courtesy of Bourdain is a reminder that these women are true fighters whose support of each other is absolutely vital. The more they come together, the stronger their voices will become.
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, call the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 800-656-HOPE (4673) or visit online.rainn.org.