#MeToo activist Asia Argento settled her own sex assault complaint

#MeToo activist Asia Argento settled her own sex assault complaint

Argento - among the first women to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault - recently agreed to pay $380,000 to actor and musician Jimmy Bennett, who claimed that she sexually assaulted him in a California hotel room in 2013, when he was 17, according to The New York Times.

Argento, 42, was one of the first women to publicly accuse Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault and rape a year ago. Argento and Bennett appeared together in the 2004 film, The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things. The age of consent in California is 18. As part of the agreement, Bennett, who is now 22, gave the photograph and its copyright to Argento, now 42.

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

Bennett's accusations, and later the arrangement for restitution, are documented in exchanges between Argento and Bennett's respective lawyers, which the Times notes it received from an "encrypted email by an unidentified party".

Reps for both Argento and Bennett did not immediately return EW's request for comment. Bennett declined an interview with the Times.

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Actress and director Asia Argento, a leading voice in the #MeToo movement, quietly paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to her own sex assault accuser - a former child actor who once played Argento's son, a report said Sunday.

Producer and New York Times op-ed writer Wajahat Ali was also adamant that "Whatever happens in the Asia Argento case doesnt take away from the fact Harvey Weinstein and many powerful men have preyed upon women, abused them, exploited them and have had their sins covered and buried, but now society is waking up and saying no more".

Since she came forward with claims against Weinstein, Argento wrote in the Guardian how she has been "slut-shamed, victim-blamed, bullied, and threatened on a daily basis".

His notice of intent to sue sought US$3.5 million in damages for "intentional infliction of emotional distress, lost wages, assault and battery", the paper said.

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