CNN cancels episodes of 'Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown' starring Asia Argento after sexual assault allegations emerge

Earlier Argento had made a passionate speech for the MeToo movement publicly naming her assaulter Harvey Weinstein but she chose to forget that she too was a perpetrator.


                            CNN cancels episodes of 'Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown' starring Asia Argento after sexual assault allegations emerge

Asia Argento was one among the first women in Hollywood to step forward and publicly accuse producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault. She was even addressed as one of the champions of the #MeToo movement and her former boyfriend, the late chef Anthony Bourdain had also taken pride in supporting her. However, Argento had not been completely clean with the public, for, in the months that followed the #TimesUp and the #MeToo movement gaining ground, she decided to cover her own tracks.

New York Times revealed how the actress had paid $380,000 hush money to a young actor, Jimmy Bennett, who had accused her of assaulting him in a California hotel room when he was all of 17. Argento at the time was 37. Now after these allegations surfaced, CNN which was airing a show called 'Parts Unknown' based on the celebrity chef Bourdain's culinary travels has decided that any episode which features Argento, his girlfriend at the time, will not be streamed.  

Actor Asia Argento and Anthony Bourdain attend day 1 of the 2017 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
Actor Asia Argento and Anthony Bourdain attend day 1 of the 2017 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

People magazine has quoted a CNN spokesperson as confirming this development. “In light of the recent news reports about Asia Argento, CNN will discontinue airing past episodes of Parts Unknown that included her, until further notice,” the spokesperson said.

Argento, BuzzFeed News reports, had shot for two episodes of the show. One in Rome and Southern Italy and another that she directed in Hong Kong. Interestingly, it was while filming this show that Bourdain and Argento met and got to know each other. It was the Hong Kong episode which saw the two make their relationship official. "To fall in love with Asia is one thing. To fall in love in Asia is another. Both have happened to me," he said while shooting that episode in Season 11 of the show. 

Things began to fall apart for Argento after the news of the hush payment broke out. While initially, the actress denied she ever slept with Bennett, she claimed the young actor had contacted her for financial help and she had on the advice of Bourdain paid the money to keep the matter out of the press. But then the media got hold of photos and text messages between Argento and a friend which showed that the actress was lying.