CNN announced that have decided to pull three episodes of the highly popular ‘Anthony Bourdain:Parts Unknown’ from it’s streaming service. The episodes that were axed have the Italian actress Asia Aregento in them Bourdain and Argento were involved in a relationship when Bourdain committed suicide in France on June 8th at the age of 61. The network released a statement regarding the decision to pull the episodes. It read, “In the light of the recent news about Asia Argento CNN will discontinue airing episodes of Parts Unknown that included her, until further notice.”
Argento appeared in two episodes of the show that was filmed in Rome and Southern Italy. A third episode shot in Hong Kong Argento directed. The three episodes were removed from CNN Go and another episode where Bourdain is filmed speaking to a therapist about his long battle with depression was also pulled. That episode doesn’t have Argento in it, and was filmed in Buenos Aries. Argento was one of the actresses who claimed producer Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted her. She was seen as a prominent member of the ‘Me Too’ movement.
The ‘New York Times’ ran a story in August that Argento sexually assaulted a teenage actor Jimmy Bennett in 2014 when he was 17 in a California hotel. The age of consent in California is 18. The story claimed Argento paid the actor hush money to keep the story from becoming public, and avoid any criminal charges. Argento claimed she gave the actor money to help him out financially, but claimed she never had a sexual encounter with him. Text messages between Argento and a friend of hers indicated that she did in fact have sex with the actor when he was underage. Model Rain Dove is the person Argento was exchanging texts with. After Argento denied Bennett’s claims, Dove turned the texts over to the police.