Asia Argento has responded to claims against her in a recent book detailing her tumultuous relationship with Anthony Bourdain in its final days, via a new Instagram photo.
Argento, 47, posted an image to one of her Instagram stories of her wearing a former professional bodybuilder Ronnie Coleman T-shirt with the phrase “Stop Busting My Balls” on it.
The night before Bourdain committed suicide, Argento sent him that message during their last text exchange, according to Charles Leershen’s book, “Down and Out in Paradise.”
Bourdain asked, “Is there anything I can do?”
She replied: ‘Stop destroying my balls’.
He replied, “OK,” and killed himself hours later.
Bourdain and Argento’s family have already challenged the book, accusing Leershen of multiple inaccuracies. Publisher Simon & Schuster is there.
Pictured: The image posted to Instagram of Asia Argento. It features former professional bodybuilder Ronnie Coleman and the phrase “Stop Busting My Balls,” which she allegedly sent to friend Anthony Bourdain before his suicide in June 2018
Pictured: Anthony Bourdain’s new biography written by Charles Leerhsen, former editor of Sports Illustrated and writer for Rolling Stone
The new ‘unauthorized’ biography details the life of Anthony Bourdain and contains intimate texts between him and Argento (pictured)
The biography uses files, texts and emails from Bourdain’s personal phone and laptop to paint a picture of the chef’s life and highlights his turbulent final days before committing suicide in June 2018.
While filming his CNN show “Parts Unknown” in France, Bourdain fought the Italian actress while on set and left “several times to talk to her on the phone,” according to the book.
Bourdain became angry that she was spotted by paparazzi with journalist Hugo Clément in the lobby of the Hotel de Russie in Rome, where he and Argento shared special memories.
“It escalated on Wednesday when she told him she no longer wanted to be with him,” the book says.
“Everyone watched him all day and night because he was incredibly distraught. More screaming phone calls during the day. He seemed to be better on Thursday and actually wanted everyone to back off.’
Argento declined to comment on the book.
In an email to the journalist, she said she had forbidden him to publish, adding: “It is always Judas who writes the biography.”
Three months after Bourdain’s death, Argento spoke to DailyMailTV after receiving public criticism.
“People say I killed him. They say I killed him,” she said through tears in the interview.
“Do people have to think he killed himself for something like that? He had cheated on me too. It was no problem for us. He was a man who traveled 265 days a year. We had a lot of fun in each other’s company when we saw each other. But we are not children. We are adults.’
Bourdain was angry with Argento after she was spotted with journalist Hugo Clément at the Hotel de Russie in Rome, where he and Argento shared special memories
Bourdain asked, “Is there anything I can do?” She replied: ‘Stop destroying my balls’
Although Argento and Bourdain’s brother are against the release of the “unauthorized” biography, Leehrsen defended his book, which goes on sale October 11, as “sympathetic” and “true to the man.”
“Everything he writes about relationships and interactions within our family as children and as adults he has either made up or done completely wrong,” said Christopher, Bourdain’s brother. The New York Times.
The explosive new biography claims Bourdain struggled with alcohol and steroids and had also slept with prostitutes.
In a text message to his ex-wife, Ottavia Busia-Bourdain, he complained, “I hate my fans too. I hate being famous. I hate my job. I am lonely and live in constant uncertainty.’
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Charles Leerhsen, the author of the book, previously wrote for Rolling Stone. He is also the former editor of Sports Illustrated.
He told The New York Times that he wanted to offer a side of Bourdain that didn’t have the polish of “an official Bourdain product.”
Towards the end of his life, he said he believes the chief “knew what he had become.”
Charles Leerhsen’s book, “Down And Out In Paradise: The Life of Anthony Bourdain,” will be published October 11.
“I think at the very end, in the last days and hours, he realized what he had become.
“I have no respect for him who committed suicide, but he did realize it and in the end he knew he didn’t want to be the person he had become,” he said.
He added that he had no trouble finding enough people to talk to him, despite Bourdain’s brother’s protests. Leerhsen also claims that Bourdain’s agent Kim Witherspoon has told others not to talk to him.
“A lot of people were willing to talk to me because they were left behind by Tony and by the Tony train,” he said.
Leershen’s past biographies include works on Butch Cassidy, Ty Cobb and TV director Brandon Tartikoff.