Friday, 21 September, 2018

Rose McGowan 'heartbroken' over Asia Argento sexual assault allegations

Asia Argento, who accused Weinstein, made deal with her own accuser Asia Argento reportedly paid off a sexual assault accuser
Michele Schwartz | 20 August, 2018, 19:42

Months after she came forward with her allegations against Weinstein previous year, Asia Argento paid $380,000 to Jimmy Bennett, who played her son in the 2004 movie The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things, according to documents provided to the New York Times. 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.

According to the documents, Bennett's initial notice of intent to sue asked for $3.5 million.

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

The accuser, 22-year-old Jimmy Bennett, once played her son in 2004′s The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things.

For Mr. Bennett, seeing Ms. Argento present herself as a victim of sexual assault was too much to bear, his lawyer wrote, and called up memories of their hotel reunion.

According to the newspaper, the notice of intent to sue was sent to Argento in November 2017, as the spotlight turned to her as one of the leaders in the #MeToo movement and alleged victims of Weinstein. Through a representative, Bennett declined to comment to the Times.

Three people familiar with the case told the Times the documents were authentic.

Neither Argento nor her lawyers responded to The Times' requests for comment.

The notice says the encounter traumatised Bennett and hurt his career, the Times reported.

Rose McGowan, an actress and another Weinstein accuser who wrote an open letter on Argento's behalf in June after the death of Argento's partner Anthony Bourdain, tweeted on Monday: "I got to know Asia Argento ten months ago".

Among the documents it received was a selfie of the pair lying in bed dated May 9, 2013, that Bennett was supposed to hand over to Argento along with its copyright under the agreement. "Our commonality is the shared pain of being assaulted by Harvey Weinstein".

The former Charmed actress added: 'My heart is broken. Bennett claims Argento gave him alcohol before proceeding to kiss him and perform oral sex before having intercourse with him. He denies all allegations of non-consensual sex.

Bennett, the article revealed, described the experience as "sexual battery" which was so traumatic that it hindered his work and income in the following years.

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