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Harvey Weinstein Accused Of Raping Asia Argento

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Harvey Weinstein is accused of raping Italian actress Asia Argento.

Weinstein allegedly raped Argento at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in 1997 when she was 21, the New Yorker reports.

Argento said Weinstein asked for a massage while they were in an empty room during a party hosted by Miramax.

The actress said she reluctantly acquiesced, and midway through the massage, Weinstein began performing oral sex on her even though she repeatedly asked him to stop, reports Daily Mail.

"He asks me to give a massage," she recalls. "I was, like: 'Look man, I am no f**king fool.' But, looking back, I am a f**king fool. And I am still trying to come to grips with what happened."

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Argento says she was unable to push the much bigger Weinstein off of her.

"It wouldn’t stop. It was a nightmare," said Argento.

"When I see him, it makes me feel little and stupid and weak," added Argento. "After the rape, he won."

Fellow Hollywood stars Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow have also spoken out against Weinstein.

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Jolie says the powerful Hollywood executive made unwanted advances on her in a hotel during the filming of "Playing By Heart."

"I had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth, and as a result, chose never to work with him again and warn others when they did," Jolie told The New York Times. "This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable."

Paltrow also says Weinstein sexually harassed her at a Beverly Hills hotel when she was 22 years old, approaching her in a similar manner to Argento.

"I was expected to keep the secret," said Paltrow, who called Weinstein "alternately generous and supportive and championing, and punitive and bullying."

Brad Pitt, who was Paltrow's boyfriend at the time, supported her claims.

Rosanna Arquette and Mira Sorvino have also accused Weinstein of harassment, although they say they were able to fight him off.

Sorvino said her defiance cost her some career opportunities: "There may have been other factors, but I definitely felt iced out and that my rejection of Harvey had something to do with it."

Altogether, 13 women so far have told the New Yorker that they were sexually harassed or assaulted by Weinstein. Three allege they were raped.

"Very proud of my sisters in spirit who had the courage to break the silence," tweeted Sorvino in support. "Very hard for me-more so for others. We took our power back!!"

Sources: Daily Mail, New Yorker, The New York TimesMira Sorvino/Twitter / Featured Image: Georges Biard/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: David Shankbone/Wikimedia Commons, Olivier 06400/Wikimedia Commons

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