Asia Argento posts 'Stop busting my b***s' in subtle dig at unauthorized Anthony Bourdain biography
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ROME, ITALY: Asia Argento addressed the scandalous and unauthorized biography of her late partner Anthony Bourdain, by posting an Instagram story where she can be seen wearing a T-shirt featuring professional bodybuilder Ronnie Coleman with the words "Stop busting my b***s". This was allegedly the last message she sent to her late partner the night before he died, according to the book, 'Down and Out in Paradise' by Charles Leerhsen.
The book is based on extensive interviews with those who knew the star Anthony Bourdain intimately and also shares details including final texts sent between the couple before his controversial suicide. The groundbreaking book is set to come out on October 11, 2022.
Bourdain was found dead in his hotel room in France, where he was filming an episode of his CNN series 'Parts Unknown' with close friend and French chef, Eric Ripert. The book reveals the night before he died, Bourdain asked Argento in a conversation, included on the first page of the forthcoming biography, "Is there anything I can do?" Argento wrote back, "Stop busting my b***s," to which Bourdain replied: "Okay." Bourdain died by suicide in June 2018 at age 61 in Kaysersberg, France.
The book features exclusively intimate details taken largely from texts and emails from Bourdain's phone and laptop. The book records Bourdain's rise to fame, from a Vassar College dropout to celebrity chef and TV star. During his final days of filming his series, the book reveals Bourdain and Argento were fighting. He had to leave the filming "multiple times to talk to her on the phone," an excerpt from the book read. Bourdain allegedly became angry after she was spotted by paparazzi with French journalist Hugo Clément.
"Things escalated on Wednesday when by all accounts she told him she no longer wanted to be with him. Everyone was keeping an eye on him all day and night because he was incredibly distraught. More screaming phone calls through the day. By Thursday he seemed to be better and kind of wanted everyone to back off," reads the excerpt. After Bourdain's death, Argento faced immense backlash for his death and was blamed she murdered him. Argento told the New York Times, "I wrote clearly to (Leerhsen) that he could not publish anything I said to him."
Three months after Bourdain's death in 2018, the actress said in an interview in tears, "People say I murdered him. They say I killed him," she told Daily Mail. "People need to think that he killed himself for something like this? He had cheated on me too. It wasn't a problem for us. He was a man who traveled 265 days a year. We took great pleasure in each other's company when we saw each other. But we are not children. We are grown-ups."
In 2018, an open letter published in the Los Angeles Times to stand in defense of Argento, who was among the first set of women to slap allegations of sexual harassment and assault on Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Argento was bombarded by vicious cyberbullying and Internet trolls in the aftermath of Bourdain's death. The letter signed by 45 high-profile names attached to the #MeToo movement, the letter denounces online accusations that Argento is responsible for Bourdain’s death and is using the tragedy and the #MeToo movement to advance her career.