Italian actress Asia Argento, who was one of many women to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, has paid off her own sexual assault accuser, it’s been reported.
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 age of consent in California is 18.
Bennett, now 22, once played Argento’s son in the 2004 film “The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things”.
The publication stated that the documents sent to them included a selfie of the pair lying in bed, which was dated May 9, 2013. The incident was said to have taken place at a Ritz-Carlton hotel in Marina del Rey. Argento reportedly kissed Bennett before performing oral sex on him.
The Times said that Bennett’s lawyer, Gordon K. Sattro, stated the actor would “continue doing what he has been doing over the past months and years, focusing on his music,” over “the coming days.”
His notice of intent to sue, sent in November to lawyer Richard Hofstetter, was said to have asked Argento for $3.5 million in damages for the “intentional infliction of emotional distress, lost wages, assault and battery.”
Argento’s lawyer, Carrie Goldberg, is thought to have stated in an April letter: “We hope nothing like this ever happens to you again. You are a powerful and inspiring creator and it is a miserable condition of life that you live among s***ty individuals who’ve preyed on both your strengths and your weaknesses.”
Argento’s late boyfriend, Anthony Bourdain, who died of suicide on June 8, was said to have helped the actress “navigate” the whole thing.
The Times insisted that Argento’s reps did not respond to requests for comment leading up to the story’s publication on Sunday. ET Canada also reached out to Argento’s rep for further comments.
After the reports emerged online, the likes of Rose McGowan, who also accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct, took to Twitter to have their say.
Weinstein’s attorney Benjamin Brafman gave this statement on Monday after the news broke on Argento’s alleged assault of a minor:
The Hollywood Reporter also stated that Sky Italia and FreemantleMedia Italia had said that if the story was “confirmed,” then “X Factor Italy” would have no choice but to cut ties with the actress.
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