Embattled actress Asia Argento, whose role as a leading voice of the #MeToo movement came under fire after word surfaced that she has dealt with her own allegations of sexual assault, was fired from her job as a judge on “X Factor Italy,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“Audiences will still see her on the first seven episodes of the season, which were already shot earlier this summer, beginning Sept 6. The episodes include initial auditions to narrow down competitors for the 12 final spots,” THR reports. “The live portion of the show will officially begin with a new judge and the main cast from Oct. 25.”
THR adds: “Sources say that Sky Italia does not want to penalize the 40,000 people who initially attended the casting for one of the final 12 coveted spots on the show. The process would have to be scrapped and started anew if the show cut Argento completely to start casting from scratch.”
The action comes after The New York Times broke the story that Argento had paid a $380,000 settlement to former child actor Jimmy Bennett after he accused her of sexually assaulting him when he was 17.