The man accusing Asia Argento of sexual misconduct when he was 17 years outdated says he selected to maintain the occasion personal as a result of he was afraid and ashamed to have his story heard.
In an announcement to The New York Times, Jimmy Bennett says, “I did not initially speak out about my story because I chose to handle it in private with the person who wronged me. My trauma resurfaced as she came out as a victim herself. I have not made a public statement in the past days and hours because I was ashamed and afraid to be part of the public narrative.”
He continues, “At the time I believed there was still a stigma to being in the situation as a male in our society. I didn’t think that people would understand the event that took place from the eyes of a teenage boy. I would like to move past this event in my life, and today I choose to move forward, no longer in silence.”
We broke the story … a picture of Argento and Bennett in mattress collectively — shirtless — suggests the two had a sexual relationship, together with a number of textual content messages between Asia and a buddy wherein she flat-out admits she had intercourse with him.
The mattress picture is one in every of four that Bennett, now 22 years outdated, took in a Marina del Rey lodge room again in 2013. Sources inform us the pic was taken after the two had intercourse. It’s against the law in California for an grownup to have intercourse with an individual beneath 18 … and Asia was 37 on the time.
However, Argento launched an announcement Tuesday saying, “I have never had any sexual relationship with Bennett” … however claims Bennett was litigious and made exorbitant cash calls for, so she settled with him for $380,000.
Her boyfriend, Anthony Bourdain, paid Bennett the cash as a result of Asia says they wished to “no longer suffer any further intrusions in our life.”
In the textual content messages to her buddy, although … Asia admits to intercourse with Bennett however claims she didn’t know he was a minor till he despatched a “shakedown letter.” She provides … ”it wasn’t raped (sic) however I used to be frozen. He was on high of me. After, he advised me I had been his sexual fantasy since was 12.”
As we reported, the L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. is reaching out to Bennett to find out if a prison investigation is warranted.