#MeToo activist pays off actor who accused her of sex assault

Esequiel Farfan
Agosto 21, 2018

Hours after The New York Times reported that Argento paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to a young actor in order to settle a claim that she sexually assaulted him in 2013, Me Too founder Tarana Burke tweeted that the movement is for "all of us, including these fearless young men who are now coming forward".

"My hope is that as more folks come forward, particularly men, that we prepare ourselves for some hard conversations about power and humanity and privilege and harm".

Argento settled the notice of intent to sue filed by Jimmy Bennett, now 22, for $380,000 (€331,000) shortly after she said last October that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein raped her, "The New York Times" reported. The age of consent in California is 18 years of age.

Representatives for Argento did not respond to a request from The Associated Press for comment.

The founder the Me Too Movement says the revelation that one of most outspoken figures had paid off her own sexual assault accuser should not discredit the larger movement.

The notice says the encounter traumatized Bennett and hurt his career, the Times reported.

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The newspaper said it received court documents that included a selfie of Argento and Bennett in bed. On Monday, Weinstein's attorney, Benjamin Brafman, told ABC News in a statement that the new development represents "a stunning level of hypocrisy by Asia Argento".

Actress Asia Argento reportedly paid off a 17-year-old actor after having consensual sex with him in a California hotel room in 2013.

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.

Weinstein has been indicted on sex crime accusations involving three women, but not including Argento.

"I got to know Asia Argento ten months ago".

Harvey Weinstein arrives at court in NY on June 5, 2018. "I will continue my work on behalf of victims everywhere", McGowan wrote.

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