Asia Argento — certainly one of Harvey Weinstein‘s first accusers and a outstanding determine within the #MeToo motion — reportedly paid off her personal accuser, a then 17-year-old boy.
The NYT cites paperwork it obtained outlining an settlement between Argento’s lawyer and her accuser’s legal professional to pay former baby actor Jimmy Bennett — who as soon as co-starred alongside Argento in a 2004 movie — $380,000 over a number of installments.
The Times experiences Bennett’s legal professional reached out to Argento’s camp late final 12 months — shortly earlier than Ronan Farrow’s bombshell New Yorker piece — stating an intent to sue … and describing an alleged “sexual battery” between Argento and Bennett in 2013 — when he was solely 17 years previous. He’s 22 now.
According to the Times, the paperwork declare Jimmy met Asia at a Ritz-Carlton lodge in Marina del Rey, CA on May 9, 2013 and that she proceeded to provide him alcohol, kiss him, push him again onto the mattress, carry out oral intercourse on him … after which climb on prime of him to have intercourse.
Argento has photographs of her and Bennett on her social media account from the day in query. One submit exhibits a photograph of the 2 of them along with her caption studying “Happiest day of my life reunion with @jimmymbennett xox”. The Times says Bennett’s lawyer claimed his consumer had extra photographs, certainly one of which allegedly depicts each of them mendacity topless in mattress from that day.
According to the Times … Argento agreed to pay Bennett $200,000 this previous April as an preliminary installment for the copyright to the risque photograph that was in his possession. The Times additionally cites an e-mail written to Argento from her lawyer saying … “Ultimately, you determined towards the non-disclosure [NDA] language since you felt it was inconsistent with the general public messages you’ve conveyed in regards to the societal perils of non-disclosure agreements.”
The alleged e-mail ends with this … “Bennett might theoretically inform individuals his claims towards you. However, below this settlement, he can not sue you for them. Nor can he submit the photograph of the 2 of you. At the very he’s not permitted to trouble you for more cash, disparage you or sue — as long as you comply together with your obligations within the settlement.”
We’ve reached out to Argento’s reps for remark … up to now, no phrase again.