Asia Argento Reached Settlement Deal With Sex Assault Accuser

Argento at a Women In The World Summit in April

Image Asia Argento claims Harvey Weinstein raped her in 1997 when she was 21

The assault allegedly occurred just two months past Bennett's 17th birthday. The age of consent in California, where the alleged assault took place, is 18. Argento was 37 at the time. Bennet, now 22, played Argento's son in a 2014 movie called The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things.

The terms of the deal including a payment schedule were finalised in April this year, according to the documents seen by the Times. She had also appeared in NY with Italian actresses Laura Boldrini and Ambra Battilana Gutierrez for the Women in the World summit where she spoke publicly about her own experience in the industry and the #MeToo movement.

Jimmy Bennett at a movie premiere in 2013
Asia Argento, who accused Weinstein, made deal with her own accuser

Shortly after those revelations broke in October previous year, in November, Bennett's lawyers sent a notice of intent to sue to Richard Hofstetter, lawyer for the late Anthony Bourdain, who was also representing Argento at the time.

Since the New Yorker exposé, Weinstein has been charged in NY with six felony counts of sex assault, including rape. In October 2017 they accused Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, which precipitated his rapid downfall and became the staple of the #MeToo movement, where women come out with their stories of sexual assault, often at the hands of similarly powerful men.

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Bennett's lawyer told the Times that Argento's Weinstein revelations were a painful reminder of his client's own experiences. Then she kissed him, pushed him back on the bed, removed his trousers and performed oral sex.

The notice was sent to Anthony Bourdain's lawyer, Richard Hofstetter, who was representing Argento at the time. The notice asked for $3.5 million in damages for the intentional infliction of emotional distress, lost wages, assault and battery.

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On the day of the alleged assault, Argento and Bennett met for a reunion at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey. Argento also declined to comment on the Times' report prior to its publishing.

Neither Argento nor any of her representatives responded to requests for comment on the Times' story, it was reported.

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