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#MeToo activist Asia Argento settled her own sex assault complaint

20 August 2018

But in the months that followed her revelations about Weinstein last October, Argento quietly arranged to pay $380,000 to her own accuser: Jimmy Bennett, a young actor and rock musician who said she had sexually assaulted him in a California hotel room years earlier, when he was only two months past his 17th birthday.

For Mr. Bennett, seeing Ms. Argento present herself as a victim of sexual assault was too much to bear, his lawyer wrote, and called up memories of their hotel reunion.

The Times said it had obtained a selfie of Argento and Bennett lying in bed together, apparently taken in May 2013.

Asia Argento speaks about being raped by Harvey Weinstein during the closing ceremony of the 71st global film festival, Cannes, southern France.

The pair met in 2004 when Argento cast Bennett, then just 7, to play her son in "The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things". The age of consent in California, where the alleged assault took place, is 18. Argento also declined to comment on the Times' report prior to its publishing.

Neither Argento nor her lawyers responded to The Times' requests for comment.

A letter to Argento from Goldberg said that the money was to help Bennett. "We are not going to allow you to get away with it".

Argento had admitted in a New Yorker piece, as relayed by writer Ronan Farrow, that she had "consensual sexual relations with [Weinstein] multiple times over the course of the next five years" following the alleged assault, but that they were "one-sided and 'onanistic.'" According to Farrow's piece, she felt Weinstein would "ruin her career if she didn't comply". "You are a powerful and inspiring creator and it is a miserable condition of life that you live among shitty individuals who've preyed on both your strengths and your weaknesses".

A new Times report details the allegations leveled against Argento - who dated Anthony Bourdain before his death - by former child actor Jimmy Bennett.

In the documents, Bennett claims that on May 9, 2013, Argento served him an alcoholic drink at a room in the Marina Del Rey Ritz-Carlton and subsequently performed oral sex on him.

#MeToo activist Asia Argento settled her own sex assault complaint