Asia Argento, one of the first women to come forward with sexual assault claims against Harvey Weinstein, is facing her own reported sexual assault charges
Italian actress Asia Argento, a face of the #MeToo movement and one of the first women to come forward with sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein, is now being accused of silencing a reported sexual assault claim against her.
Argento, 42, the longtime girlfriend of the late Anthony Bourdain, reportedly agreed to pay $380,000 to actor and musician Jimmy Bennett, 22, who claimed that she sexually assaulted him in a California hotel room in 2013 when he was 17 and she was 36, according to the New York Times. The age of consent in California is 18.
Bennett, a former child star, met Argento on the set of the 2004 film “The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things” where he played the role of Argento’s son. The Times obtained anonymously sent documents between lawyers for Argento and Bennett that detailed the assault claims and included a selfie dated May 9, 2013 that appeared to show Argento and Bennett lying in bed together. Bennett’s lawyer demanded $3.5 million in damages in November — one month after Argento and a dozen other women publicly accused Weinstein of sexual assault — the Times reported.
Argento and Bennett’s lawyers agreed to the pay out $380,000 more than a year and a half ago, according to the report. The Times tried to get a response from Argento and her representatives, but repeated messages were not returned and Bennett, who lives in Los Angeles, did not agree to an interview, the Times reported. Moneyish requests for comment from Argento and Bennett have not yet been returned.
Bennett demanded the money from Argento in October, 2017, a month after the New Yorker published an article by Ronan Farrow including Argento as one of the 13 women who accused Weinstein of harassment and rape, the Times noted.
The reported “sexual battery” of Bennett was allegedly so traumatic it affected his ability to work and make a living, the report noted. Bennett reportedly made $2.7 million in the five years before the alleged sexual assault occurred in 2013, and his income dropped to an average of $60K a year, which he blames the alleged assault on, according to the Times. Bennett reportedly went to Argento’s hotel room in California in 2013 when she allegedly convinced a relative to leave them alone. She allegedly proceeded to give the actor alcohol before the reported sexual assault occurred, the Times reported.
Actress Rose Mcgowan, a leading voice of the #MeToo movement with Argento, spoke out early Monday morning that she was heartbroken over the allegations against her friend and affirming that she will continue to speak out for victims of sexual misconduct.
I got to know Asia Argento ten months ago. Our commonality is the shared pain of being assaulted by Harvey Weinstein. My heart is broken. I will continue my work on behalf of victims everywhere.
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) August 20, 2018
“I got to know Asia Argento ten months ago,” she tweeted. “Our commonality is the shared pain of being assaulted by Harvey Weinstein. My heart is broken. I will continue my work on behalf of victims everywhere,” she wrote.
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