Asia Argento Arranged Deal With Sexual Assault Accuser

Harvey Weinstein's accuser had sex with 17-year-old paid him $380k hush money – report

Harvey Weinstein's accuser had sex with 17-year-old paid him $380k hush money – report

Italian actrses Asia Argento poses as she arrives on May 19, 2018 for the closing ceremony and the screening of the film "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote" at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France.

Argento, who was dating celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain before his death, was one of the first actresses to accuse disgraced Miramax producer Weinstein of sexual assault in October previous year.

Court documents reportedly seen by the New York Times outline allegations by Jimmy Bennet, actor and rock musician, who says Argento sexually assaulted him when he was 17 and she was 39. He was 17 at the time, and the age of consent in California is 18. As part of the deal, Bennett handed over to Argento the rights to a photograph of the two of them in bed. Three people familiar with the case said the documents were authentic.

Neither Argento, who lives in Rome, nor Bennett commented for The Times report. A woman who answered the phone at Goldberg's office Friday said the lawyer would not be available to discuss this article.

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The events took place in 2013, but the pay-off was only demanded by Bennett and paid by Argento in recent months, as the scandal around Harvey Weinstein and the #MeToo movement gained momentum. In the documents, Goldberg writes that Argento could work around the California law by using NY lawyers and claiming NY law governs the contract, but Argento opted not to pursue that course.

The lawyer for Argento who handled the settlement, Carrie Goldberg, in the documents described the money as "helping Mr. Bennett".

Bennett's lawyer filed a notice of intent demanding $3.5 million in damages in November - one month after Argento, the longtime girlfriend of the late Anthony Bourdain, and 12 other women publicly accused Weinstein of rape, according to The Times.

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