A D-list Italian director made sure his appearance at the glamorous Venice Film Festival on Saturday night didn't go unnoticed by making a wardrobe choice guaranteed to cause a stir: Italian director Luciano Silighini Garagnani took to the red carpet wearing a "Weinstein is Innocent" T-shirt under his coat.
Garagnani's entourage clearly found the whole thing hilarious, a few helping him display the shirt and striking poses with him:
So who is this idiot? "Luciano Silighini Garagnani is described as a provocateur and right-wing supporter who has made a series of low-budget movies according to his IMDB page," Deadline reports. "One prominent Italian distributor told Deadline this morning that they had never heard of him."
The Daily Beast makes sure to underscore that Garagnani is "unsurprisingly, known as a staunch supporter of the Republican Party stateside."
He's also reportedly a fan of media mogul and former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, who has frequently been accused of scandalous behavior including "bunga-bunga" parties, which the DB notes Garagnani portrayed positively in his latest film.
The film festival's chief, Alberto Barbara, told Deadline on Sunday that the stunt was "a stupid move," but most, like the DB, are less dismissive of the "revolting display."
Many prominent Italians, however, have rejected the #MeToo movement, including the claims of Weinstein's high-profile Italian accusers, Asia Argento and Ambra Battilana Guiterrez, despite audio evidence of Weinstein admitting to groping the latter.
In a surprising twist on the twisted Weinstein saga, Argento has recently herself become the subject of #MeToo accusations: Evidence has surfaced of her sexually abusing actor Jimmy Bennett when he was 17-years-old and she was 37, then allegedly paying him $380,000 to stay quiet about it. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office has since opened an investigation into the claims.
Meanwhile, Weinstein continues to be the subject of multiple sexual misconduct investigations, including, as the DB notes, an investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department into his alleged rape of an unnamed Italian actress in 2013.