Weinstein accuser Asia Argento ‘sexually assaulted child star, paid him’

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In a bombshell report from The New York Times, Asia Argento, one of Harvey Weinstein's most high-profile accusers, agreed to pay $380,000 to her own accuser.

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

According to the New York Times, the 42-year-old struck a $380,000 deal with Jimmy Bennett, who was said to have been 17-years-old when Argento reportedly sexually assaulted him in a California hotel room.

The documents, sent to New York Times through encrypted email by an unidentified party, include a selfie dated May 9, 2013, of the two lying in bed.

While the Times has not received a response from Argento and Bennett declined to comment on the matter, the paper said three people familiar with the case corroborated the documents' authenticity. In November past year, he sent a notice of intent to sue for $3.5 million for emotional distress and lost wages.

A month after the New Yorker story published, according to the documents acquired by the Times, a man named Jimmy Bennett announced his notice of intent to sue Argento. Argento is one of the women who say Harvey Weinstein raped her, and she is a prominent voice in the #MeToo movement.

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Bennett's lawyers had characterized the hotel encounter as a "sexual battery" that traumatized the former child actor, threatening his mental health and income. Bennett claims that at the time of the alleged May 13, 2013 incident, he arrived at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey, California, to meet Argento in her hotel room with a family member, who left the room after Argento asked to be alone with Bennett.

Documents related to the said accusations and the settlements that followed were exchanged between Argento and Bennett's respective lawyers.

McGowan, 44, spearheaded the campaign to get justice for Weinstein's alleged victims after going public with her claims that he that had raped her at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997.

Asia Argento's lawyer Carrie Goldberg sent her a letter back in April setting out the final details of the settlement. The Hollywood producer has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.

Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by dozens of women, has been indicted on sex crime charges involving three women.

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