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Filmmaker Wears T-Shirt Claiming Accused Predator Harvey Weinstein Is Innocent

Venice Film Festival experienced a controversial moment when director made this bold statement

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Director Luciano Silighini Garagnani made quite a statement at this year’s Venice Film Festival, which began on August 29 and runs through September 8 this year.

While walking the red carpet for the premiere of the upcoming movie “Suspiria,” the filmmaker revealed a homemade T-shirt.

The shirt showed an image of disgraced producer and alleged sexual predator Harvey Weinstein along with the caption “Harvey Weinstein is innocent.”

It’s a rather incendiary statement, don’t you think?

Weinstein is embroiled in a court case and has been accused of sexual misconduct by dozens of women.

His alleged misdeeds are arguably what kicked off the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements.

Interestingly, a recent report also suggested that NBC News attempted to bury an original report about Harvey Weinstein’s decades of alleged abuse.

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Many people in Hollywood, including filmmakers such as Kevin Smith and Quentin Tarantino, have cut ties with the producer in light of all of the recent accusations by people across the film industry.

It’s unclear if Garangnani’s shirt is meant as merely a way to get attention — or as a legitimate statement about Weinstein’s innocence.

Either way, such a T-shirt is clearly and entirely inappropriate.

His wearing it does not help or appropriately parody matters at all.

Harvey Weinstein has been accused of everything from sexual harassment to rape,  and, if he is found guilty, his behavior may be emblematic of a rather large problem across the entertainment industry.

Rose McGowan, one of Weinstein’s most vocal accusers, appeared on “Good Morning America” several months ago and said she had a “visceral need” to see the producer in handcuffs. “I feel shocked. I would say it’s just so big,” she said of his arrest. “I have to admit I didn’t think I would see the day that he would have handcuffs on him. I have a visceral need for him to have handcuffs on.”

The shirt worn by Luciano Silighini Garagnani does not help matters.

The Italian filmmaker’s donning the controversial T-shirt at the Venice Film Festival comes after many people accused the festival itself of not doing enough to fix the gender gap in its selected films for the event.

Only one movie this year is directed by a woman.

The festival, however, was included in a recent pledge to make gender equality happen in the film industry.

The shirt worn by Luciano Silighini Garagnani does not help matters.

And many have been taking to social media to express their dissatisfaction.

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