UPDATE (Aug. 22, 2018, 4:30 p.m.) On Aug. 22, Bennett released his own statement about the alleged assault:
“Many brave women and men have spoken out about their own experiences during the #MeToo movement, and I appreciate the bravery that it took for each and every one of them to take such a stand. I did not initially speak out about my story because I chose to handle it in private with the person who wronged me. My trauma resurfaced as she came out as a victim herself. I have not made a public statement in the past days and hours because I was ashamed and afraid to be part of the public narrative. I was underage when the event took place, and I tried to seek justice in a way that made sense to me at the time because I was not ready to deal with the ramifications of my story becoming public. At the time I believed there was still a stigma to being in the situation as a male in our society. I didn’t think that people would understand the event that took place from the eyes of a teenage boy. I have had to overcome many adversities in my life, and this is another that I will deal with, in time. I would like to move past this event in my life, and today I choose to move forward, no longer in silence.”
UPDATE (Aug. 21, 2018, 11:50 a.m.) Today, Argento has come forward to claim the sexual relationship never happened and that her ex Anthony Bourdain made the payment so that Bennett would stop harassing the pair.
The original story continues below.
Actress and Harvey Weinstein accuser Asia Argento reportedly settled a case in which a much younger co-star accused her of sexual assault in 2013 when he was just 17 and she was 37.
According to photos and documents obtained by The New York Times, Jimmy Bennett, who played her son in The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things in 2004, detailed her forcing oral sex on him and engaging in intercourse. His lawyer wrote that Asia was a "mentor and mother figure" to Jimmy and that the encounter in a California hotel room was psychologically damaging and interfered with his ability to work. Asia has not commented publicly on the case that reportedly had a $380,000 payout.
"I got to know Asia Argento ten months ago," Rose McGowan, who has also accused Weinstein of sex crimes, wrote on Twitter. "Our commonality is the shared pain of being assaulted by Harvey Weinstein. My heart is broken. I will continue my work on behalf of victims everywhere."
"None of us know the truth of the situation and I’m sure more will be revealed. Be gentle," she also wrote.
Argento was in a relationship with Anthony Bourdain prior to the chef's suicide in June.
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