Asia Argento allegedly settled with sex assault accuser

Rosalie Gross
August 20, 2018

Actor-director Asia Argento, one of the vocal advocates of the #MeToo movement, settled a claim previous year from a former child actor that she assaulted him when he was 17.

According to the New York Times, the 42-year-old struck a $380,000 deal with Jimmy Bennett, who was said to have been 17-years-old when Argento reportedly sexually assaulted him in a California hotel room.

"The documents, which were sent to The New York Times through encrypted email by an unidentified party, include a selfie dated May 9, 2013, of the two lying in bed".

The newspaper said it had tried repeatedly without success to get a comment on the matter from Argento and her representatives.

This story is still developing. Bennett asked for $3.5 million in damages for "the intentional infliction of emotional distress, lost wages, assault and battery".

But seeing Asia Argento hold herself up as a voice for those who suffered sexual assault at the hands of powerful people was too hard for Jimmy Bennett, his lawyer said.

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It's getting better and better, which is important. "We have to develop". They have a very good understanding - on a personal level as well.

Both Argento and McGowan helped give rise to the #MeToo movement as some of the first of many women to accuse disgraced producer Weinstein of sexual harassment and rape. His mental health was also threatened, the notice of intent to sue reportedly alleged. Argento posted a photo on that day showing her hugging Bennett, referring to him as "My son my love", and included the month and year.

The New York Times reported that Asia allegedly slept with Jimmy in 2013 when he was only 17 years old and she was 37.

Bennett alleged in the docs that Argento kissed him before performing oral sex on him and engaging in intercourse at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey.

Argento's lawyer Carrie Goldberg had written a letter to the actor with regard to the payment of the settlement money and described the same as "helping Mr. Bennett". Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.

Bourdain was a vocal supporter of Argento and the #MeToo movement that addressed the epidemic of sexual misconduct in Hollywood and beyond.

It sounds like at the time the Weinstein allegations were being made public, Argento didn't necessarily know Bennett was uncomfortable with what had happened between them.

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