Interviewer Challenges Jimmy Bennett Over Asia Argento Rape Claim

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Asia also told DailyMailTV - in her first interview since Bourdain's death - her anger has now been replaced by an emotional hole that can not be filled by anything.

'I remember feeling uncomfortable and odd, ' Bennett said on the show while describing his relationship with Argento.

The two first met when Bennett was just 7 years old when he played her son in the 2004 film, "The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things".

The pair started a relationship as he filmed his CNN show Parts Unknown in 2016.

"And then I was angry, yes, for abandoning my kids, but now it's been replaced, just by this loss, this hole, that can not be replaced by anything".

"Now it's been replaced, just by this loss, this hole that can not be filled by anything", she said.

As for the conspiracy theory about her cheating on Bourdain?

Jimmy Bennett in 2013.

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He made a decision to pursue legal action against Argento after she went public with her rape allegations against Harvey Weinstein previous year.

The actress was 37 at the time, while Bennett was 17, younger than California's age of consent.

The 22-year-old former actor appeared on news anchor Massimo Gilletti's show Sunday night to speak at length for the first time since his allegations against Argento surfaced in a New York Times report last month. She claimed the late chef then chose to handle the matter quietly and agreed to a settlement of $380,000. Weinstein has denied any allegations of non-consensual sex.

Argento has been one of the most outspoken advocates of the #MeToo movement, which Bourdain also vocally supported. Our commonality is the shared pain of being assaulted by Harvey Weinstein. "I will continue my work on behalf of victims everywhere".

Argento has threatened legal action against McGowan after she later released a statement claiming that Argento had admitted to having sex with a then-underaged Bennett in texts sent to American model Rain Dove.

It's not clear if Bennett has already taped the European TV chat, but he has also filed an official complaint with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, although authorities have yet to open a criminal investigation into his claims.

"Anthony was afraid of the possible negative publicity that such person, whom he considered risky, could have brought upon us", the statement reads.

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