One of the leading figures in the #MeToo movement agreed to pay her own accuser $380,000 to keep him quiet about an alleged sexual assault that took place when the man was still a minor, the New York Times reported Sunday. The age of consent in California is 18.
"Ms. Argento asked the family member to leave so she could be alone with the actor", The Times states.
The notice claims that Bennett arrived at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey to meet Argento in her hotel room on 10 May 2013, with a family member. None of the involved individuals have provided any comment on the matter.
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Argento became a powerful voice for the #MeToo movement after accusing Weinstein of raping her when she was 21 in his hotel room in 1997 during the Cannes Film Festival. Weinstein himself has been embroiled in criminal cases ever since, and his career rapidly disintegrated.
The two actors have worked together in the 2004 film The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things where Asia played Jimmy's mother. It's claimed that she then plied him with alcohol and gave him lover letters; afterwards she kissed him and pushed him onto the bed and performed oral sex on him, before having sexual intercourse. "We are not going to allow you to get away with it".
According to The Times, Bennett sent Argento a Twitter message, "Miss you momma!" a month later that included a photograph of an engraved bracelet she had given him to commemorate the movie.
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While Bennett declined to speak to the Times directly about the settlement, his lawyer replied to them in an email, "In the coming days, Jimmy will continue doing what he has been doing over the past months and years, focusing on his music". In November past year, he sent a notice of intent to sue for $3.5 million for emotional distress and lost wages.
Asia Argento settled a complaint filed against her by an actor who alleged she sexually assaulted him when he was 17 years old.
Weinstein has been indicted on sex crime accusations involving three women, but not including Argento.
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A spokesperson for the producer said in a statement "any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein".