The dismal and disturbing saga of Asia Argento and her increasingly public catharsis continues. Asia sat down for a two-part, televised interview with DailyMailTV in which she tearfully recounts her initial reaction to Anthony Bourdain‘s suicide. That’s Part One which aired today; in Part Two, she will supposedly get into the nitty gritty of her relations with Jimmy Bennett and Rose McGowan.
Jimmy himself was just on television as well. He flew all the way to Italy to appear on “Non e l’Arena”, a news type talk show with a live audience hosted by Massimo Gilletti who The Daily Beast describes as “a sort of Italian Anderson Cooper”. It did not go well for Jimmy and he was ridiculed by the studio audience. Asia’s interview was more favorable to her, but then again, she’s a lot more savvy than young Jimmy Bennett.
In the DailyMailTv interview (Jesus, who even knew such a thing existed), Asia said that her initial reaction to Anthony’s suicide was anger. Dressed all in black and fortified with an ample supply of widow wipes (that’s Kleenex or a gentleman’s handkerchief), Asia said:
‘So… and then, I was angry, yes, for abandoning me, my kids, but now it’s been replaced, just by… this loss… this hole… that cannot be filled by anything.’
Now… the anger kept me alive because otherwise this desperation has no end, there’s no end,’ she said.
Asia has two children, 17 and 10 years old. Anthony also had a 13-year-old of his own with his ex-wife. Asia’s interview about Anthony coincides with the season premiere of Parts Unknown which aired last night on CNN. There were only 5 episodes in the can when Anthony took his own life in France in July.
As for Jimmy, his decision to skip the Vatican and head straight for the TV studio on his first ever international trip totally backfired. He was mocked by the audience when he admitted that he had an orgasm at the time he asserts that he was sexually assault. During the interview, which was conducted on stage, in Italian, Jimmy looked lost and confused. He was wearing a headset and receiving simultaneous translation. His lawyer was present, but little did it matter. According to The Daily Beast:
About halfway through, Bennett realized what was happening. “I was worried about coming in front of an audience and being accused of not being sincere about the violence against me,” he said. “After this, that’s why I chose the silent route. I was right.”
Apparently, Asia herself had provided the show with her own pre-taped testimony. Both Asia and Jimmy are making some real choices in how they have chosen to represent their respective version of events. During tomorrow’s DailyMailTV appearance, expect Asia to “address the sex, the payment and her fractured relationship with McGowan”. I hope Jimmy at least gets to try a bowl of real spaghetti alla carbonara before he heads back to the states.