Asia Argento denies sexual relations with actor she paid off

Esequiel Farfan
Agosto 21, 2018

Argento, one of dozens of women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, said in her statement that her relationship with Bennett was "friendship" only, and claims that he targeted her because of her boyfriend's perceived wealth.

"I strongly deny and oppose the contents of the New York Times circulated also in national and worldwide news", a statement issued by her agent said. According to the legal docs, the terms of the settlement dictated that Argento take control of these photos (taken at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey), but TMZ claims to have viewed these images, and Argento also Instagrammed a photo of their faces, calling this reunion with Bennett the "happiest day of my life" while claiming to have cast him in her next film.

Asia Argento and Anthony Bourdain attend the 2017 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 9, 2017 in Los Angeles.

According to The Times, Argento settled the suit and paid Bennett $380,000.

In a statement to New York's Yashar Ali, Argento now denies sexually assaulting Bennett and is "deeply shocked and hurt" by what she calls an "absolutely false" report.

The newspaper also reported it had received a selfie of Argento and Bennett in bed, which had been verified by three people.

The actors starred as mother and son in the 2004 film "The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things". Argento added that Bourdain wanted to handle the matter privately and "personally undertook to help Bennett economically". The next month, Bennett sent his demand for money to a lawyer who was representing Argento at the time. "Anthony was afraid of the possible negative publicity that such person, whom he considered risky, could have brought up on us", she said.

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Italian actress Asia Argento arrived, in May 2009, on the red carpet for the screening of "Vengeance" during the 62nd worldwide film festival in Cannes, France.

Brendan McDermid / Reuters Asia Argento has been accused of paying a large settlement to an actor after allegedly sexually assaulting him when he was 17.

She said she was unaware of the department had contacted Bennett, now 22.

Weinstein has denied all allegations of "non-consensual sexual activity", and he's remained free after posting $1 million bail in cash. No police report was filed at the time. The Times reported that the final agreement was reached in April of this year.

"This development reveals a stunning level of hypocrisy by Asia Argento", Weinstein's attorney, Benjamin Brafman, said in a statement.

The charges against Weinstein came nine months after The New Yorker and The New York Times published accounts from several women accusing him of various forms of sexual misconduct.

Argento claimed that he first forced himself on her in 1997, and that there were other encounters through the years where she was afraid to refuse his advances because of the power he wielded in the industry.

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