The Italian actress Asia Argento, one of the pioneers of the #MeToo-motion, “any sexual relation” with the young actor Jimmy Bennett denied. The New York Times wrote earlier that the American actor and musician 380.000 dollar (332.000 euros) has given to him to be silent about sexual abuse when he was 17 years old.
According to the newspaper, the documents of the lawyers of Bennett was sent, it would be Argento, the now 22-year-old actor sexually abused in a hotel room in California in 2013, when he was 17 years old. She was then 37. In the documents, which also includes a selfie of the two in bed may 9, 2013, is also the intent of Bennett, in which he 3.5 million dollars in compensation demands. Eventually paid Argento so 380.000 dollars to the young actor, according to the article.
Argento responds for the first time on the accusations. “I am deeply shocked and hurt because I news must read that is absolutely false. I’ve never had any sexual relationship with Bennett,” she said in the statement. “I was years of friendship with him, but that stopped after my disclosure in the Weinstein case. Bennett, which, when severe financial problems and legal action made against his family, where he made millions in damages demanded, progressed, suddenly a huge sum of money from me.”
According to Argento decided her friend, the recently deceased chef Anthony Michael Bourdain, the sum to pay because he negative publicity wanted to avoid. The actress talks about the “yet another development in a series of events that made her very sad, and a lasting torment.”