Actress Asia Argento has slammed Monty Python star Terry Gilliam after he compared the MeToo movement to “mob rule”.
The Italian actress and filmmaker, herself a Harvey Weinstein accuser, said she was “disgusted” by the Monty Python member’s controversial remarks in which he suggested the anti-sexual harassment campaign had led to a “world of victims”.
While describing disgraced producer Weinstein a “monster” in an interview with AFP, he added: “Harvey opened the door for a few people, a night with Harvey — that’s the price you pay.
“I think some people did very well out of meeting with Harvey and others didn’t. The ones who did, knew what they were doing. These are adults; we are talking about adults with a lot of ambition,” Gilliam told the news agency.
Argento – who was one of the first actresses to go public with her Weinstein allegations – wrote on Twitter: “Angered, disgusted by Terry Gilliam’s views on #metoo.”
She revealed the pair shared the same director of photography, Nicola Pecorini, adding: “I hope Gilliam hasn’t forgotten how Weinstein hated Nicola’s cinematography (he considered it too dark) and how the monster subsequently fired him.
She added: “Gilliam went on shooting his shit.”
“Loyalty, loyalty, loyalty,” she added in another post.
I read it. Terry Gilliamâs comments about Harvey Weinstein are idiotic and dangerous. He wasnât in those rooms. He doesnât know how aggressive and violent and terrifying he was. Who is he to say it was some sort of offered deal? He should be ashamed of himself. https://t.co/pLj3V46gwu— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) March 17, 2018
In October Argento alleged she was assaulted by Weinstein while working on the 1998 film B. Monkey.
The film was distributed by Miramax, a company co-founded by Weinstein.
Weinstein has “unequivocally denied” all allegations of non-consensual sex.
Earlier, director Judd Apatow labelled Gilliam’s comments “idiotic and dangerous”.
“He wasn’t in those rooms. He doesn’t know how aggressive and violent and terrifying he (Weinstein) was. Who is he to say it was some sort of offered deal? He should be ashamed of himself,” Apatow wrote on Twitter.
I didnât say you were in any camp. I think Terry Gilliam is spewing nonsense. These were not transactions. He violently attacked people. He threatened people. His comments about that aspect of this are shameful. https://t.co/mM4hzschzJ— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) March 17, 2018
“I think Terry Gilliam is spewing nonsense. These were not transactions.
“His comments about that aspect of this are shameful,” Apatow added.
Terry Gilliam may wanna turn those feelings of fear & uncertainty heâs getting from #metoo/#timesup and realize âOhh this is how life has been for THEM til now... huh. Wow. Damn.â See? Now itâs empathy.— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) March 17, 2018
Comedian Sarah Silverman and actors Kim Sherrell and Ellen Barkin also criticised Gilliam with the former calling for him to understand empathy.
“Terry Gilliam may wanna turn those feelings of fear & uncertainty he’s getting from #metoo/#timesup and realize “Ohh this is how life has been for THEM til now… huh. Wow. Damn.” See? Now it’s empathy,” Silverman wrote on Twitter.
Sherrell labelled Gilliam “insensitive” and accused him of “ruining Monty Python forever” while Barkin tweeted: “Terry Gilliam, you talk too much.”