Asia Argento Reportedly Made a Deal With Own Sexual Assault Accuser

Carla Harmon
August 20, 2018

According to the paper, Asia Argento paid the money to settle a lawsuit threatened by Jimmy Bennett, a young actor who accused the Italian actor of having sex with him in a California hotel room just two months after he turned 17.

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

Mark Harris, Vulture journalist and author, said, "This is terrible, but I don't see any conclusion to draw from it besides "Two things can be true at once".

The document lays out Mr. Bennett's account: Ms. Argento asked the family member to leave so she could be alone with the actor. She allegedly provided Bennett with alcohol, kissed him, performed oral sex, and then climbed on top of him and had intercourse with him.


Argento and McGowan were among the actresses who gave rise to the global "MeToo" movement and prompted a re-examination of the behavior of prominent men in other industries, most notably media and entertainment.

The documents, which were sent to The New York Times through encrypted email by an unidentified party, include a selfie dated May 9, 2013, of the two lying in bed.

Argento played Bennett's mother in the 2004 film "The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things", when Bennett was aged eight. His lawyer Gordon K. Sattro reportedly told the outlet, "In the coming days Jimmy will continue doing what he has been doing over the past months and years, focusing on his music". Three people familiar with the case alleged verified that the documents are real.

Lawyers for Argento and Bennett agreed to a deal in which Argento would pay him $380,000 over a year-and-a-half, beginning last April, according to report.


Weinstein has since been charged in NY with first- and third-degree rape and first-degree commission of a criminal sex act. A woman who answered the phone at Goldberg's office on 17 August said the lawyer would not be available to discuss this article.

Bennett's attorney said the alleged assault occurred when the two had a "reunion" in 2013 at a Los Angeles hotel room.

The initial demand sought $3.5 million in damages for what the Times describes as "the intentional infliction of emotional distress, lost wages, assault and battery". Bennett is now 22 and Argento is 42.


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