Actress-director Asia Argento, and models Samantha Panagrosso and Zoe Brock have come brazen with new sum worsening a inspection on Fabrizio Lombardo, a former conduct of a ephemeral Miramax Italy unit, and who allegedly acted as a investor of women for Harvey Weinstein.
Two of a 3 women Variety spoke to also explain they were intimately assaulted by Weinstein. Panagrosso, in a latest set of allegations opposite Weinstein, says she was groped by a Hollywood noble in a hotel swimming pool in Cannes, and afterwards assaulted in a cabin of a yacht during a 2003 film festival. Brock alleges she was duped into going behind to Weinstein’s hotel, and Argento alleges she was raped by Weinstein after being taken by Lombardo to Weinstein’s room, a explain he has denied.
Lombardo has denied Argento’s claims in a statement. Variety has reached out to his Italian counsel for serve comment.
In an talk with Variety, Argento reiterated her explain common on Twitter that during a 1997 Cannes Film Festival, Lombardo took her to Weinstein’s room during a Hotel du Cap. Argento told a New Yorker final week that she was subsequently raped by Weinstein.
“Lombardo that dusk came to collect me adult during my hotel, that was a Hilton on a Croisette,” Argento told Variety. “And he picks me adult and we gathering with him, going towards this celebration during a du Cap.”
“And during this expostulate we remember [Lombardo] kind of touching my knee, not that he put his palm adult my skirt, though meditative he had a permit to hold my knee given we was wearing a brief dress, that we found repulsive.
“Then he brought me to a room and when we were inside a room we pronounced ‘what a heck, there’s no party, how come?’ and it was like ‘don’t worry everybody is coming, we arrived too early.’ And we lay there and we am kind of nervous, and we lay there and we’re chatting and they give me champagne, Harvey doesn’t splash we remember, and after a while Lombardo says ‘oh wow nobody is coming, let me go and check out where a other guest are.’ [It was a] f*****g distortion given nobody came.”
Lombardo denied this accusation. “The slur that we accompanied Asia Argento to Mr. Weinstein’s apartment in a obvious hotel is rarely startling and unfortunate as it is both wrong and is clearly a fruit of a apart and twisted memory,” he pronounced in a statement.
Argento says she remembers clearly. “How could we forget my rape, we remember each detail,” she said.
“With him maybe…he has brought hundreds of girls to Harvey’s room so he does not remember me, though we remember him,” she noted.
New Zealand indication Brock also claims she was duped into going behind to Weinstein’s hotel room during a Cannes Film Festival in 1997.
She says Lombardo was in a automobile with her, Weinstein, and his partner Rick Schwartz, as a organisation went behind to a Hotel du Cap on a disguise of going to a party, before Lombardo left a room and Weinstein done unwelcome advances, after Schwartz too left. She has given her comment in a detailed blog post.
She told Variety that Lombardo saw her one or dual days later, pronounced he had listened what happened, and offering his sympathies. His then-girlfriend Claudia Gerini afterwards invited her behind to Rome, where, Brock says, a integrate attempted to convince her to join them in a threesome.
Panagrosso told Variety that she met Weinstein while staying on a friend’s yacht during a Cannes Film Festival in 2003 and he sat subsequent to her during a cooking during that Weinstein done carnal comments and advances.
“The subsequent day we had lunch during a Eden Roc hotel. I was in a pool after lunch and he came into a pool and started to examine me underneath a water, to my legs and stuff, and we pronounced ‘you have to stop this is not ok.’”
She says she after refused a cooking invitation though Weinstein came into her cabin. “He pushed me on a bed, attempted groping me and we attempted to play it off given we suspicion he’s not going to do anything given my friends are on a boat. But it got really frustrating to get him out. It was like bargaining. When we pronounced ‘no’ he pronounced ‘maybe if we can’t massage you, will we massage me?’ When we pronounced no to that he pronounced ‘come on because are we being so difficult, all a [other] women are ok with it. we don’t see what we are creation such a bitch about. Let me see your breasts during least.’”
In a talk Panagrosso pronounced that Lombardo, who ran a Miramax outpost in Italy between 1999 and 2004, in law “was not using anything.” She added: “He was only giving that pretension as a pretext.”
Panagrosso pronounced she initial intersected with Lombardo in a Milan conform universe where he was “someone who uses a girls from indication agencies to move them to dinners with absolute people.” She subsequently met him in Cannes “and we talked with him and said: ‘what are we doing?’ And he said: ‘I work for Harvey during a association in Europe.’”
“But overtly a man was always with girls; bringing girls, we saw him [doing that] so many times.”
After Lombardo was hired in 1999 to open a Miramax bureau in Italy he shortly became famous during Miramax as The Talented Mr. Lombardo, according to several sources.
He had turn a crony of Harvey Weinstein in a 1990s, he told a New York Times in a 2004 essay that questioned Lombardo’s competency as a film business executive. He accompanied Weinstein to a Cannes Film Festival from 1995 and they also spent time together on St Bart’s, a Caribbean review island, a Times said.
Argento, who as a daughter of distinguished Italian fear film director, Dario Argento, has always been partial of Italy’s film community, pronounced she was initial introduced to Lombardo as a producer, that she found surprising.
“What is humorous is we had been operative in cinema given we was 9 and we know everybody in a Italian attention and we had never seen him before, and they pronounced he’s an Italian producer. we was like ‘wow, we have never seen this man around,’” she said.
As a Weinstein liaison started to unfold, Lombardo sent Argento dual messages that he has told several outlets including The Guardian and Vanity Fair were sent by accident. One is a fun about Silvio Berlusconi wanting a 25-year-old escort, a other is an peculiar video patrician “Have You Ever Been This Drunk?”
Argento told Variety she considers them a counsel try to overpower her.
“It was indeed a hazard to try and contend to me we am a dipsomaniac and we am a whore,” she said. “And it put fuel in my fire, it gave me strength. How brave you, after what happened, try and shock me to contend my repute will go down, that is how Italy is describing me in a newspapers.”
Argento also underscored that she is being “slut-shamed” in a Italian press. “I am being abashed by a Italian media, that is medieval,” she said. She remarkable that “Until a ‘60s [in Italy] we could kill your mother and it was called murder of honor, if she had cheated.”
Italian transexual politician and TV horde Vladimir Luxuria has tweeted that Argento “should have pronounced ‘no’ to Weinstein” during a time when he allegedly raped her.
“Until 1996 rape was deliberate a crime opposite morals, not opposite a person” Argento pronounced to underscore what she called “the Italian mentality” even today.
Several sources have purported to Variety that Lombardo procured women for Weinstein while employed by Miramax (which during a time was owned by Disney).
Lombardo, in his statement, is austere that Miramax’s Italy operation, and his purpose in a business, was legitimate. During a 3 years in that Lombardo ran an Italy outpost for Miramax, a association was indeed utterly active.
Martin Scorsese shot “Gangs of New York” during Rome’s Cinecitta studios and Miramax was also concerned in a prolongation of Italian executive Giuseppe Tornatore’s “Malena” and Roberto Benigni’s “Pinocchio.” The association acquired Marco Tullio Giordana’s “The Best of Youth” and Gabriele Salvatores’ “I’m Not Scared.”
But according to several accounts of people who worked on those films in several capacities, Lombardo’s purpose on both a prolongation and merger side was marginal. As an independent, Miramax films were expelled by other distributors in Italy and therefore a association didn’t need a bone-fide placement bottom there.
By all accounts Lombardo did, however, act as an envoy for Miramax in Italy’s film community. As reported by Variety during a time, Lombardo attended an Amfar celebration during a 2001 Venice Film Festival where he purchased a top labelled item, a white gold, topaz and solid necklace from eventuality unite Bulgari, for $27,000.
He afterwards credited Elizabeth Taylor, who chaired a evening, with moving him to adult a bidding. “I told Liz Taylor if she gave me a lick I’d go higher, and she did,” Variety reported that Lombardo said.