Asia Argento, who accused Weinstein, made deal with her own accuser

Angelo Anderson
August 20, 2018

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.

Among the documents that the NYT received was reportedly a selfie of Asia and Jimmy lying in a bed together from May of 2013.

Asia Argento speaks about being raped by Harvey Weinstein during the closing ceremony of the 71st global film festival, Cannes, southern France. Argento had played Bennett's mother in her 2004 film The Heart Is Deceitful Above All things. Californian age of consent is 18.

Argento's lawyer, Carrie Goldberg has not made an official comment and Bennett has not released a statement. Bennett declined to comment to the Times. Argento was 37 at the time.

Actress Asia Argento has been a vocal proponent of the #MeToo movement since her sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein went public.

A letter to Argento from Goldberg said that the money was to help Bennett.

Argento became one of the most well-known activists of the #MeToo movement after she told the New Yorker magazine that Weinstein raped her at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 when she was 21. "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".

The fallout from "a sexual battery" was so traumatic that it hindered Bennett's work and income and threatened his mental health, according to a notice of intent to sue that his lawyer sent in November to Richard Hofstetter, Bourdain's longtime attorney, who was also representing Argento at the time. In the notice, Bennett explained that seeing Argento "present herself as a victim of sexual assault was too much to bear... and called up memories of their hotel reunion", according to The Times.

Weinstein has been indicted on sex crime accusations involving three women, but not including Argento.

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