Anthony Bourdain urged New Yorker to publish Harvey Weinstein expose after repeatedly telling girlfriend Asia Argento it was ‘worth it’ to share rape allegations when she grew nervous
- Anthony Bourdain reached out to New Yorker editor Dave Remnick after Ronan Farrow interviewed his girlfriend Asia Argento about Harvey Weinstein
- Farrow said he was nervous because ‘over and over, women who had withdrawn from the story had done so after an intervention from a husband, a boyfriend’
- ‘I am not a religious man,’ said Bourdain. ‘But I pray you have the strength to run this story’
- Farrow writes that Bourdain also repeatedly assured Argento that she was doing the right thing by sharing her allegations
- ‘He told her to keep going, that it was worth it, that it would make a difference,’ reveals Farrow
Ronan Farrow writes in his new book Catch and Kill that many of the women he spoke to while reporting allegations of sexual misconduct ultimately refused to go on the record.
That is why he had a bad feeling when he learned that celebrity chef Anthiony Bourdain had reached out to the editor of the New Yorker, Dave Remnick.
Bourdain was dating Asia Argento at the time, and the actress had detailed in graphic description how she was allegedly raped by Harvey Weinstein at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival.
‘Bourdain had been supportive of Argento speaking before, but even so, my heart sank: over and over, women who had withdrawn from the story had done so after an intervention from a husband, a boyfriend, a father,’ writes Farrow.
‘Outreach from significant others was seldom good news.’
Farrow writes that Remnick called him into his office and informed him about Bourdain reaching out as he was leaving one day.
Remnick had no bad news to share however, and told Farrow that Bourdain had called Weinstein’s behavior ‘sickening.’
He then added that ‘everyone’ knew about Weinstein’s predatory practices in Hollywood.
‘I am not a religious man,’ said Bourdain.
‘But I pray you have the strength to run this story.’
Bourdain did this after standing by Argento’s side for months prior when she second guessed her decision to speak with Farrow.
As Argento grappled with her decision, her partner, the television personality Anthony Bourdain, interceded repeatedly,’ writes Farrow,
‘He told her to keep going, that it was worth it, that it would make a difference.’
And because of that support, Argento ‘decided to go on he record,’ says Farrow.
Bourdain would live to see hiw prayer answered, and then tragically rake his own life just nine months after Farrow’s story was published in the New Yorker.
Catch and Kill hits bookshelves on Tuesday.