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Asia Argento, Weinstein accuser, reportedly paid off own accuser

Asia Argento, Weinstein accuser, reportedly paid off own accuser

The NYT alleges, however, that as she was assuming her #MeToo mantle Argento was quietly paying $380,000 to actor Jimmy Bennett, who says Argento sexually assaulted him a few years ago when he was 17.

She is alleged to have performed oral sex before engaging in full intercourse with Bennett, a successful child actor and rock musician.

Argento, who dated deceased celebrity chef and world traveler Anthony Bourdain, and is one of the women who accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, has denied that she sexually assaulted Jimmy Bennett when he was 17.

Argento in her suit against Weinstein accused him of raping her in 1997 when she was 21.

Since then, more than 80 women have come forward to accuse Weinstein of sexual misconduct.

Bennett's notice of intent sought $3.5 million United States in damages, according to the Times report. He played her son in The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things.

What does Argento say in her denial?

He has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.

"I am deeply shocked and hurt having read the news that is absolutely false", reads Argento's statement, which was first obtained by journalist Yashar Ali.

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She claimed Bennett had been experiencing "severe economic problems" and made an "exorbitant request of money" from her. McGowan penned a letter in June urging people not to blame Argento in the death of Bourdain, who took his own life earlier that month. The alleged hush money she gave him was an act of compassion, she said. "Anthony was afraid of the possible negative publicity that such person, whom he considered risky, could have brought up on us", she said.

"We made a decision to deal compassionately with Bennett's demand for help and give it to him".

A spokesperson for the LA County Sheriff's Department said, however, the agency had "no open investigation".

Investigators have learned no police report was filed at the time, Harris said. Bennett has yet to comment publicly on Argento's statement.

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".

Argento said she opposes "false" allegations made against her and the "long-standing persecution" brings her great sadness.

Mr Weinstein was charged in NY this year with sexually assaulting three unnamed women, which he denies.