Harvey Weinstein accuser Asia Argento paid teen who made sex assault claim

20 August, 2018, 16:12 | Author: Christina Harvey
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The events took place in 2013, but the pay-off was only demanded by Bennett and paid by Argento in recent months, as the scandal around Harvey Weinstein and the #MeToo movement gained momentum.

According to the New York Times, Argento settled the notice of intent to sue by Jimmy Bennett - now 22 years old - for $380,000 (£298,000) last October.

Bennett's lawyers had characterized the hotel encounter as a "sexual battery" that traumatized the former child actor, threatening his mental health and income. Then she kissed him, pushed him back on the bed, removed his trousers and performed oral sex.

In an email reportedly obtained by the Times, Argento's lawyer Carrie Goldberg wrote to the actress in April regarding the details of the deal and payment schedule.

The newspaper said it received court documents that included a selfie of Argento and Bennett in bed. In it, Goldberg wrote: "We hope nothing like this ever happens to you again". The two had co-starred in a 2004 film Argento directed, "The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things".

Representatives for Argento could not be immediately reached by The Associated Press for comment.

McGowan and Argento had forged a friendship after their accusations against film mogul Weinstein helped fuel the Me Too movement that has highlighted alleged sexual assaults by scores of prominent people in entertainment and beyond. However, Bennett's lawyer, Gordon K. Sattro told the Times: "In the coming days, Jimmy will continue doing what he has been doing over the past months and years, focusing on his music". According to The New York Times, the two have kept in touch based on social media posts in 2013.

One was written to Asia where it detailed the finalizing of the settlement.

However, maintaining his innocence, Weinstein, whose career has been left in tatters, has always denied non-consensual sex.

Earlier this year, Argento's boyfriend, celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, died by suicide.

Bennett's lawyer informed Argento in November previous year that the actor would be suing her for $3.5 million (€3.07 million) for "intentional infliction of emotional distress, lost wages, assault, and battery", said the documents obtained by the NYT via encrypted email.



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