Asia Argento Admits She Was 'Angry' With Anthony Bourdain After His Suicide in First Interview Since His Death
By Antoinette Bueno
Asia Argento broke down in tears when talking about the death of her boyfriend, Anthony Bourdain, in her first interview since he was found dead in his hotel room in France in June.
Bourdain's death was ruled a suicide. Argento and the beloved chef had been dating since 2016.
In an upcoming sit-down with DailyMailTV, the Italian actress admits she was upset at Bourdain following his suicide for "abandoning" her as well as her kids. Argento is a mom to Nicola Giovanna and Anna Lou Castoldi from previous relationships.
"The anger kept me alive because otherwise, this desperation has no end," Argento said, wiping away tears. “I was angry [at him], yes, for abandoning me, my kids. But now it’s been replaced just by this loss, this hole, that cannot be filled by anything.”
Last month, Argento was embroiled in her own scandal involving her former The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things co-star, Jimmy Bennett. The 42-year-old actress denied having any type of sexual relationship with Bennett, following The New York Times' report that she paid him off after he accused her of sexual assault. According to legal documents obtained by the newspaper, Bennett's lawyer sent a notice of intent to sue the actress for allegedly sexually assaulting the actor in a California hotel room in 2013 when he was 17 and she was 37. The age of consent in California is 18.
In a statement last month to journalist Yashar Ali, Argento claimed Bourdain paid Bennett off to avoid negative publicity. She also claimed Bennett was undergoing serious financial issues at the time, and that she and Bourdain wanted to "deal compassionately" with his demand for help.
"Anthony was afraid of the possible negative publicity that such person, whom he considered dangerous, could have brought upon us," the statement reads. "We decided to deal compassionately with Bennett's demand for help and give it to him. Anthony personally undertook to help Bennett economically, upon the condition that he would no longer suffer any further intrusions in our life."