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Sexual harassment and assault

Anthony Bourdain cheated on me, too, Asia Argento reveals in tearful interview

Actress rejects talk she drove TV chef boyfriend to commit suicide by cheating on him, but says she feels guilt that ‘he had so much pain inside of him and … I did not see it’

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 25 September, 2018, 4:57pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 25 September, 2018, 6:44pm

Asia Argento is shooting down speculation that she drove boyfriend Anthony Bourdain to commit suicide by cheating on him, in her first interview since the famed chef’s death nearly four months ago.

In an emotional sit-down with DailyMailTV, published on Monday, the Italian actress revealed that Bourdain “cheated on me, too,” and detailed their “grown-up” relationship.

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“It wasn’t a problem for us,” Argento, 43, said. “He was a man who travelled 265 days a year. When we saw each other we took really great pleasure in each other’s company. But we are not children. We are grown-ups.”

She continued: “People say I murdered him. They say I killed him. … I understand that the world needs to find a reason. I would like to find a reason, too. I don’t have it.”

Although she doesn’t blame herself for his death, Argento said she does hold some guilt. Bourdain committed suicide in June. He was 61.

When we saw each other we took really great pleasure in each other’s company. But we are not children. We are grown-ups
Asia Argento

“What I do feel terrible about is that he had so much pain inside of him and he didn’t share it,” she said. “I did not see it. And for that I will feel guilty for the rest of my life.”

The X-Factor Italy judge opened up about learning of the TV host’s death. The couple dated for two years after meeting on his CNN series Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown in 2016.

“I received a phone call from his manager,” she recalled. “And it was very quick. He just told me, ‘Anthony took his life.’ And I couldn’t speak. I couldn’t cry. And then I started screaming.”

Argento said her first reaction was “anger” towards him for “abandoning my kids,” referring to her daughter Anna Lou, 17, and son Nicola, 10. Bourdain also left behind his 11-year-old daughter, Ariane.

The anger Argento credits with keeping her “alive” has been replaced, she says, “by this loss, this hole, that cannot be filled by anything.”

Argento, once a leading member in the #MeToo movement, has been embroiled in controversy after being accused in August of sexually assaulting former child actor Jimmy Bennett in a Los Angeles-area hotel room when he was only 17 and she was 37. (The age of consent in California is 18.)

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The Italian actress and Bourdain had agreed to a US$380,000 pay-off to Bennett, according to The New York Times, after she came out with sexual assault allegations of her own against disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.