An actress who has been a prominent activist in the #MeToo movement, who has said Harvey Weinstein raped her when she was 21, recently settled an allegation against her by a young actor and musician who said she sexually assaulted him when he was 17, The New York Times reports.
“The Italian actress and director Asia Argento was among the first women in the movie business to publicly accuse the producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault,” The Times reports, adding: :But in the months that followed her revelations about Mr. Weinstein last October, Ms. Argento quietly arranged to pay $380,000 to her own accuser: Jimmy Bennett, a young actor and rock musician who said she had sexually assaulted him in a California hotel room years earlier, when he was only two months past his 17th birthday. She was 37. The age of consent in California is 18.”
The Times reports that Bennett’s claim and the arrangement for payments are “laid out in documents between lawyers for Ms. Argento and Mr. Bennett, a former child actor who once played her son in a movie.”
“The documents, which were sent to The New York Times through encrypted email by an unidentified party, include a selfie dated May 9, 2013, of the two lying in bed,” The Times reports. “As part of the agreement, Mr. Bennett, who is now 22, gave the photograph and its copyright to Ms. Argento, now 42. Three people familiar with the case said the documents were authentic.”