Asia Argento says she didn’t have intercourse with then 17-year-old Jimmy Bennett, however a photograph and numerous textual content messages between Argento and a pal inform a really totally different story … she flat-out says she had intercourse with him.
This is certainly one of four images Bennett, now 22, took in a Marina del Rey resort room again in 2013. The then 37-year-old Argento and Bennett are on a mattress shirtless, their heads on a pillow and their arms entangled. Sources inform TMZ the pic was taken after the two had intercourse. It’s a criminal offense in California for an grownup to have intercourse with an individual below 18.
Bennett later threatened authorized motion and, in April, Argento settled with him for $380,000 … which her boyfriend, Anthony Bourdain, paid.
Argento launched an announcement Tuesday, saying, “I have never had any sexual relationship with Bennett.”
Above are partial textual content exchanges between Argento and certainly one of her pals. Argento and the pal went forwards and backwards within the midst of the backlash from the New York Times story that ran Sunday about her and Bennett. Argento’s messages are in gray … her pal’s are in blue.
Bennett wrote a word on Ritz-Carlton stationary — the resort the place they attached — and mentioned, “Asia, I love you with all my heart. So glad we met again and I’m so glad your in my life. Jimmy.” She texts her pal the word, saying, “He wrote me this afterwards and saved sending me unsolicited nudes all these years up till 2 weeks earlier than the attorneys letter.
She goes on to say … “it wasn’t raped (sic) but I was frozen. He was on top of me. After, he told me I had been his sexual fantasy since was 12.”
Argento has accused Harvey Weinstein of rape and is likely one of the first girls to come back ahead within the #MeToo motion. Weinstein’s lawyer, Ben Brafman, lashed out earlier within the week, saying, “This development reveals a stunning level of hypocrisy by Asia Argento, one of the most vocal catalysts who sought to destroy Harvey Weinstein.”
As we reported, the L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. is reaching out to Bennett to find out if a prison investigation is warranted.
We reached out to Argento’s lawyer … to date, no phrase again.