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. In court documents, a selfie with the two lying in bed was included.
Asia Argento gestures on stage during the closing ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival in May. The age of consent in California, where the alleged assault took place, is 18.
Argento's lawyer, Carrie Goldberg has not made an official comment and Bennett has not released a statement.More news: EU`s relief fund for Lombok earthquakes reaches U.S. $1.4 million
While Bennett declined to speak to the Times directly about the settlement, his lawyer replied to them in an email, "In the coming days, Jimmy will continue doing what he has been doing over the past months and years, focusing on his music". It was then that Argento allegedly gave Bennett alcohol and had sexual intercourse with him.
Reps for both Argento and Bennett did not immediately return EW's request for comment. "We are not going to allow you to get away with it".More news: UPA govt had higher economic growth rate than the present NDA govt
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".
Argento told the magazine that she continued to have a relationship with Weinstein because she was afraid of angering him.
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.More news: Florida deputy saves child from hot auto
Bennett's notice of intent asked for $3.5 million in damages for the intentional infliction of emotional distress, lost wages, assault and battery.