Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino has spoken out after it was reported that Asia Argento had issued a $380,000 settlement to actor Jimmy Bennett after he accused her of sexual assault.
Judd, who along with Argento was one of Harvey Weinstein’s accusers, shared an article on Twitter in which actress Alyssa Milano responded to the news by calling on people to “stop trying to undermine the #MeToo movement.”
In her tweet, Judd expressed her agreement that “accountability is at the very heart of the #MeToo movement” and that “sexual violence is wrong, full stop.”
Sorvino, 50, another Weinstein accuser and strong supporter of the #MeToo movement, took to Twitter to post: “Having just touched down from several weeks abroad, I am reeling from the recent news. Although hoping against hope that it is not true, here are my current thoughts.”
“I have been heartsick over the recent allegations against Asia Argento. Time will clarify things and perhaps she will be exonerated, but if true, there is no lens that makes it better,” Sorvino, who also accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, added.
“Child sexual assault is a heinous crime and is against all that I and the #MeToo movement stands for. I remain dedicated to fight for all victims and change the culture that encourages abuse of power in sexual relationships.”
Sorvino’s comments come after Argento released a statement earlier this week. Bennett had accused the 42-year-old actress of having a sexual relationship with him in California when he was a minor at 17-years-old.
While the New York Times reported that Argento struck a deal with Bennett — who portrayed Argento’s 7-year-old son in the 2004 film “The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things” — in exchange for him dropping a $3.5-million lawsuit, the actress, meanwhile, issued a vehement denial that she and Bennett, now 22, ever engaged in sexual activity.
Her statement shared on Twitter by journalist Yashar Ali, read that she “strongly denied and opposed” the claims laid out in the Times story.
She added that she was “deeply shocked and hurt by having read news that is absolutely false. I have never had any sexual relationship with Bennett.”
Argento also said that her boyfriend Anthony Bourdain, who committed suicide in June, had insisted on handling the matter “privately.”