Weinstein accuser Asia Argento 'pays $380k to settle assault case'

Sergio Cunningham
August 20, 2018

Bennett alleges in the notice that he had sex with Argento in a hotel in California in 2013 when he was 17 and Asia was 37; the age of consent in California is 18.

Oscar observer Brian Perry tweeted, "The big Q is whether people will look past this moment to still embrace all Asia has done for #MeToo".

Argento has not responded to The Times' request for comment. He was among several people on Twitter reminding that it is not uncommon for those who are abused to go on to abuse others.

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

Both appeared in the 2004 film The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, where they played mother and son.

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Asia Argento, who accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct a year ago and became a vocal member of the #MeToo movement, reportedly reached a settlement with her own accuser according to a bombshell report by The New York Times on Sunday (August 19).

The New York Times published a report on Sunday citing court documents the paper had received, via encrypted email from an anonymous source, showing that a now 22-year-old actor accused the Italian actress and director of "sexual battery" when he was 17 years old. His lawyer Gordon K. Sattro said in the intent to sue, "His feelings about that day were brought to the forefront recently when Ms. Argento took the spotlight as one of the many victims of Harvey Weinstein".

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.

In an April letter addressed to Argento confirming the final details of the deal and setting out a schedule of payments, Goldberg characterized the money as "helping Mr. Bennett". On that day, Bennett was reportedly driven by a family member to meet Argento, who asked the family member to leave to she could spend time alone with the young actor. Bennett declined an interview with the Times. "We hope nothing like this ever happens to you again", Goldberg wrote.

Shortly after those revelations broke in October previous year, in November, Bennett's lawyers sent a notice of intent to sue to Richard Hofstetter, lawyer for the late Anthony Bourdain, who was also representing Argento at the time.

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