Celebrities defend Asia Argento in open letter after she's bullied following death of Anthony Bourdain

Celebrities are standing up for Asia Argento.

Following the death of her boyfriend, Anthony Bourdain, the 42-year-old actress has become a victim of online bullying, with some people blaming her for the famed food critic's tragic death by suicide last month. Amid all the backlash, a number of A-listers teamed up and penned "an open letter to anyone who loves Anthony Bourdain and what he stood for" in an op-ed piece for The New York Times.

"An unwavering supporter of women and the #MeToo movement, Bourdain's loss was a tragedy on so many levels, to so many people who saw him as a beacon of a new way of being. We share that grief and deepest sadness for his family and those closest to him whose pain must be unimaginable," the letter, signed by stars like Rose McGowan, Olivia Munn, Terry Crews and Rosanna Arquette reads. "One of the most vocal and unwavering figures in the #MeToo movement has been Asia Argento. At the center of our community, Asia has stood, her fist in the air, fighting daily not just for justice for those of us she has come to know, but for abused people the world over."

"Asia has now found herself on the receiving end of vicious cyberbullying and repulsive slander at the hands of internet trolls who hold her responsible for Anthony’s death. She has been accused of everything from causing her boyfriend's suicide to trying to use her 'survivor status' and the #MeToo movement to advance her career," the letter continues. "There has long been a traditional narrative of blaming, vilifying and martyring courageous women. We reject that narrative. If there is one thing we know with unwavering confidence, 'sexual violence victim' is not a title anyone wants attached to themselves. Being known as a sexual assault victim isn’t a badge of honor or career booster; it’s a highly difficult, sometimes traumatizing and humiliating experience."

Further in the letter, celebs ask those who "are angry and grieving" the loss of Bourdain to find a healthy outlet for their pain and not put the blame on Argento, as she "is not a headline" but a "human being" suffering "horrific pain."

"We understand sexual harassment and assault are global epidemics. Our request for Asia is a request for any and all survivors," the letter continues. "Our standing up for her is standing up to any and all bullies. We implore you to be kind to each other, to believe survivors, to stand up for survivors, to encourage, support and sympathize with them. We ask you to stand with us, as we stand with Asia."

Read the full letter here.

Since Bourdain's death, Argento has shared a few pics of her and her late partner together over the years via Instagram. Late last month, she posted a selfie of the two soaking up the sun, with a gorgeous bright blue sky and crystal clear water in the background.

"Two weeks without you," she captioned it, disabling the comments. 

Two weeks without you

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On the day news broke of his death, she also released the following statement:

"Anthony gave all of himself in everything he did. His brilliant, fearless spirit touched and inspired so many, and his generosity knew no bounds. He was my love, my rock, my protector. I am beyond devastated. My thoughts are with his family. I would ask that you respect their privacy and mine."

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As ET previously reported, Bourdain was found dead in his hotel room in Kraysersberg, France, on June 8 by his close friend, Eric Ripert, a French chef, with whom he was filming his CNN series, Parts Unknown. He was cremated in France on June 13. In addition to Argento, Bourdain is survived by his 11-year-old daughter, Ariane.

Hear more on Bourdain's tragic death, and his relationship with Argento, in the video below.

If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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MILAN, ITALY - JUNE 07: Asia Argento attends Convivio 2016 photocall on June 7, 2016 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - APRIL 23: Margareth Made and Asia Argento attend during the 'Ballando Con Le Stelle' Tv Show at Auditorium RAI on April 23, 2016 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE - OCTOBER 12: Asia Argento attends the Opening Ceremony of the 7th Film Festival Lumiere on October 12, 2015 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Pierre Suu/WireImage)
FLORENCE, ITALY - JUNE 17: Actress Asia Argento attends 'O.X.S.' Presentation during 88 Pitti Uomo on June 17, 2015 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Stefania D'Alessandro/Getty Images)
GIFFONI VALLE PIANA, ITALY - JULY 21: Asia Argento poses with the Giffoni Experience Award during the Giffoni Film Festival 2015 on July 21, 2015 in Giffoni Valle Piana, Italy. (Photo by Stefania D'Alessandro/Getty Images for Giffoni Film Festival)
GIFFONI VALLE PIANA, ITALY - JULY 21: Asia Argento attends Giffoni Film Festival 2015 - Day 5 photocall on July 21, 2015 in Giffoni Valle Piana, Italy. (Photo by Stefania D'Alessandro/Getty Images for Giffoni Film Festival)
TAORMINA, ITALY - JUNE 13: Claudio Santamaria and Asia Argento attend Day 1 of the 61th Taormina Film Fest on June 13, 2015 in Taormina, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/Getty Images)
PLAYA DEL CARMEN, MEXICO - APRIL 24: Actress/film director Asia Argento attends the Riviera Maya Film Festival 2015 opening night party at Cacao Hotel on April 24, 2015 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. (Photo by Victor Chavez/WireImage)
ROME, ITALY - JANUARY 08: Asia Argento attends 'Forte Forte Forte' TV show photocall at RAI Voxon Studios on January 8, 2015 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Elisabetta A. Villa/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - OCTOBER 18: Asia Argento Meets The Audience during The 9th Rome at Auditorium Parco della Musica Film Festival on October 18, 2014 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29: Director Asia Argento attends the 'Misunderstood' premiere at the 52nd New York Film Festival at Alice Tully Hall on September 29, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29: Asia Argento attends the 52nd New York Film Festival at Alice Tully Hall on September 29, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 22: Director Asia Argento attends the 'Misunderstood' (Incompressa) premiere during the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 22, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - OCTOBER 18: Asia Argento Meets The Audience during The 9th Rome at Auditorium Parco della Musica Film Festival on October 18, 2014 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
Asia Argento and Giulia Salerno attend the 'Incompresa' photocall during the 67th Cannes Film Festival (Photo by Stephane Cardinale/Corbis via Getty Images)
NICE, FRANCE - MAY 20: Asia Argento is seen arriving in Nice for the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 20, 2014 in Nice, France. (Photo by Jacopo Raule/GC Images,)
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