Asia Argento Allegedly Paid Off Jimmy Bennett To Conceal Statutory Rape Evidence

On Tuesday, actress and director Asia Argento issued a statement categorically denying all accusations that she had sexually assaulted actor Jimmy Bennett.

In a statement today, Argento said reports were "absolutely false" and that she was linked "in friendship only" to Jimmy Bennett, a now 22-year-old Los Angeles actor who filed a legal notice of intent to sue Argento. Argento then claims that her late boyfriend, Anthony Bourdain, paid hush money to Bennett out of concern about "possible negative publicity". A few hours later, she expressed qualified support for Argento in another tweet: "None of us know the truth of the situation and I'm sure more will be revealed". The age of consent in California is 18 years of age. "Anthony personally undertook to help Bennett economically, upon the condition that we would no longer suffer any further intrusions in our life", the statement goes on.

The NY Times piece made explicit mention of photos taken by Bennett, which showed himself and Argento topless in bed together.

As reported by The Times, Bennett allegedly met Argento at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Marina del Rey, CA on May 9, 2013.

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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.

Argento and Bennett co-starred in a 2004 film called "The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things" in which Argento played Bennett's prostitute mother.

The documents say the alleged encounter traumatised Bennett and threatened his mental health and career, according to the New York Times.

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Documentation of a settlement between Argento and Bennett were sent to the Times by an unknown person or persons. In addition, Bourdain reportedly told Argento that she wasn't purchasing silence, "only freedom from inconvenience".

Harvey Weinstein's lawyer Benjamin Brafman has already seized on the news, calling it the height of hypocrisy.

Weinstein has been indicted on sex crimes accusations involving three women, but Argento is not one of them.

Actress Rose McGowan, who also alleges that she was sexually abused by Weinstein, stated on Twitter that the new claims against Argento stunned her.

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The actress has become a prominent voice in the #MeToo movement against sexual assault and harassment.

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