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Italian director flashes Weinstein is innocent t-shirt at Venice Film Festival

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REFILE - ADDING INFORMATION The 75th Venice International Film Festival - Screening of the film "Suspiria" competing in the Venezia 75 section - Red Carpet Arrivals - Venice, Italy, September 1, 2018 - Luciano Silighini Garagnani wears a T-shirt with a sign reading: "Weinstein is innocent". REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Luciano Silighini Garagnani courted controversy with his t-shirt (Picture: Reuters)

Italian director Luciano Silighini Garagnani courted controversy when he arrived at the Venice Film Festival by proudly displaying a Weinstein is innocent t-shirt.

Garagnani wore a blazer over the item of clothing, and made sure to flash it to awaiting photographers as he walked the red carpet for the premiere of Suspiria.

Its not known for sure whether the support was sincere or whether it was an unfunny joke, but the 42-year-old has previously shown support for the disgraced mogul.

He also made a statement in the fact he wore a t-shirt, regardless of the motif, as his colleagues all showed up in black tie.

The 75th Venice International Film Festival - Screening of the film "Suspiria" competing in the Venezia 75 section - Red Carpet Arrivals - Venice, Italy, September 1, 2018 - Luciano Silighini Garagnani poses for pictures as he wears a T-shirt with a sign reading: "Weinstein is innocent". REUTERS/Tony Gentile TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Those around the director seemed to find it funny (Picture: Reuters)

Film Festival chief Alberto Barbara slammed the stunt as a stupid move.

Gagagnani is thought to enjoy controversy, with his IMDB page stating he has donated to the Donald Trump campaign.

75th Venice International Film Festival - 'Suspiria' - Premiere Featuring: Luciano Silighini Garagnani Where: Venice, Italy When: 01 Sep 2018 Credit: IPA/WENN.com **Only available for publication in UK, USA, Germany, Austria, Switzerland**

Weinstein has faced accusations from over 70 women (Picture: IPA/WENN.com)

Actor Paolo Riva could be seen in the images pointing at the picture and finding it amusing, which may indicate it was some kind of PR stunt.

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Weinstein currently faces criminal charges over the allegations of sexual misconduct in New York, with further investigations taking place in LA and London.

If charged he could face 25 years in prison. Weinstein has previously denied the allegations.

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