As Asia Argento battles allegations that she slept with actor Jimmy Bennett when he was underage, the controversy has had unexpected consequences for anyone who watches her late boyfriend’s CNN series on the network’s streaming service.
That’s because, as Buzzfeed reports, three episodes of “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” that featured Argento have vanished from CNN’s streaming service due to Bennett’s accusations that he and Argento, 42, had a sexual relationship back in 2013, when he was just 17.
A CNN spokesperson confirmed that the episodes in which Argento appeared have been pulled.
“In light of the recent news reports about Asia Argento,” said the spokesperson in a statement, “CNN will discontinue airing past episodes of ‘Parts Unknown’ that included her, until further notice.”
Despite mounting evidence to the contrary, Argento has “strongly” denied having “any sexual relationship” with Bennett, but acknowledged that Bourdain paid the actor $380,000 in exchange for dropping a $3.5-million lawsuit.
Adding that Bennett had “severe economic problems,” Argento claimed Bourdain “personally undertook to help Bennett economically” because he was “afraid of the possible negative publicity that such a person, whom he considered dangerous, could have brought upon us.”
Meanwhile, Argento has already lost a high-profile TV job due to the scandal; according to The Hollywood Reporter, Argento was dumped as a judge on Italy’s version of “The X-Factor”. While she appeared in the current season’s first seven episodes, THR reports that she’ll be replaced by a new judge during the show’s live episodes.