Weinstein accuser Asia Argento 'pays $380k to settle assault case'

Harvey Weinstein's accuser had sex with 17-year-old paid him $380k hush money – report

Italian actress Asia Argento - one of the most prominent activists of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment - recently settled a complaint filed against her by a young actor and musician who said she sexually assaulted him when he was 17, the New York Times reported. The legal age of consent in California is 18.

The NYT said Argento quietly agreed to pay Bennett $380,000 (€333,065).

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

Argento has not responded to The Times' request for comment.

Rose McGowan has moved to distance herself from director-actress Asia Argento following the revelation Sunday night that Argento herself has been accused of sexual assault.

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Argento, 42, was one of the first women to publicly accuse Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault and rape a year ago. After giving him alcohol, Argento kissed him and performed oral sex on him before the two had sexual intercourse, the report said.

According to legal documents leaked anonymously to Severson and the Times via encrypted email, Argento - the girlfriend of Anthony Bourdain prior to his death by suicide, whom he famously expressed support for publicly on numerous occasions - allegedly sexually assaulted actor James Bennett in a Marina del Rey hotel room when he was just 17.

Bennett's lawyer was seeking such a huge figure because they claimed that their client was so traumatized by it all that it had a negative impact on his acting career and earnings. "We are not going to allow you to get away with it". "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".

In November 2017, a month after Argento came forward with her own accusations of assault against Weinstein, Bennett sent Argento a notice of intent to sue.

"Waiting for my long lost son my love @jimmymbennett in trepidation #marinadelrey smoking cigarettes like there was no next week", she wrote, according to the New York Times report. In October of a year ago, The New Yorker published allegations by Argento that Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her in 1997.

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