Asia Argento's accuser Jimmy Bennett speaks out

25 Août, 2018, 08:33 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • Jimmy Bennett and Asia Argento

"At the time I believed there was still a stigma to being in the situation as a male in our society".

The New York Times reported on Sunday, based on documents between Argento and Bennett's attorneys, that Argento arranged a $380,000 payment to Bennett to keep silent about the alleged 2013 California hotel-room assault. You have to wonder, because if she gets accused by this guy and it's true and she knows it's true, to come out and boldly say I never had sex with him, that says something about her character.It's not like it's none of your business or it's more complicated than you know or the truth will come out.

She added: "We chose to deal compassionately with Bennett's demand for help and give it to him".

In the texts, Argento writes that she and her lawyer Carrie Goldberg disagreed with that idea but Bourdain, who hired a private investigator to look into Bennett, pushed for it. Since the pictures and some text messages have leaked, Argento's accuser, Jimmy Bennett, is speaking about the matter in public for the first time.

Bennett said he would like to "move past this event in my life", adding, "today I choose to move forward, no longer in silence".

Asia Argento and Jimmy Bennett in a scene from the 2004 film "The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things".

Last October - shortly after the alleged settlement was made - Argento accused Harvey Weinstein of sexually assaulting her in the 1990s via a New Yorker article by Ronan Farrow, and said she had consensual sexual relations with him over the next five years. He was on top of me.

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TMZ also published text messages reportedly "between Argento and one of her friends" this week in which a person the site claims is Argento admits to having sex with a minor.

"I think she's a voice in which she's told her story in a very public way", Milano said, "but there are a lot of stories like Asia's".

The reality singing television show "X Factor Italy" on which Argento is a judge has said it would cut ties with her if the allegation was confirmed. He said there is likely to be a connection between the allegations against Argento and Weinstein.

TMZ published a photograph of Argento and Bennett apparently in bed together and a note from Bennett to Argento which said: "Asia, I love you with all my heart".

Argento was one of the first to speak out against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by dozens of women.

HollywoodLife has reached out to Jimmy Bennett's and Asia Argento's reps for a comment.


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