Published: Mon, August 20, 2018
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

MeToo activist Argento settled sex assault complaint

MeToo activist Argento settled sex assault complaint

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Rose McGowan says she is heartbroken over reports that MeToo activist Asia Argento allegedly paid off a sexual assault accuser. She then asked him to take a number of photos. The two actors met when Bennet, then 7, was cast as Argento's son in a 2004 movie.

The New York Times reported that it had seen documents saying that a settlement was reached in April of this year, and that "Three people familiar with the case said the documents were authentic".

Months after she came forward with her allegations against Weinstein previous year, Asia Argento paid $380,000 to Jimmy Bennett, who played her son in the 2004 movie The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things, according to documents provided to the New York Times.

The fallout from "a sexual battery" was so traumatic that it hindered Bennett's work and income and threatened his mental health, according to a notice of intent to sue that his lawyer sent in November to Richard Hofstetter, Bourdain's longtime attorney, who was also representing Argento at the time.

A bombshell report claimed Asia Argento paid off her own sexual assault accuser.

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McGowan and Argento have been among the most prominent women to come forward with allegations of rape against now-disgraced film titan Harvey Weinstein, who is facing criminal charges in NY unrelated to McGowan or Argento.

As the document described, according to the newspaper, Argento allegedly asked that the family member leave so they could be alone.

The actress Asia Argento that denounced Harvey Weinstein for rape, demonstrates against violence and against Trump in solidarity with American women during the Women's March along with the #MeToo movement on January 20, 2018 in Rome, Italy. He denies all charges of non-consensual sex.

The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things was directed by Argento and based on the novel by JT LeRoy. Her character persuades her son to cross-dress and act as an increasingly seductive "little sister".

The Italian actress settled the claim out of court earlier this year, paying her alleged victim $380k, according to a court documents obtained by the New York Times.

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