On the Girls within the International Summit in New York, Harvey Weinstein accusers Asia Argento and Ambra Battilana Gutierrez talk about the ramifications of the #MeToo motion and the significance of conserving the dialog alive. (April 13)

#MeToo recommend Asia Argento, one of the vital first ladies to accuse disgraced film wealthy person Harvey Weinstein of sexual attack, paid off an ex-child actor who accused her of sexual misconduct, consistent with criminal paperwork acquired by way of The New York Instances.

Jimmy Bennett, who was once 17 on the time of the come upon, alleges that he was once assaulted by way of Argento in a California lodge in 2013, when the actress was once 37. (The age of consent in California is 18.) Bennett’s legal professional notified Argento closing November of his purpose to sue for $three.five million for emotional misery, misplaced wages, attack and battery – a month after she went public together with her allegations towards Weinstein. The Italian actress agreed to pay him $380,000.

3 folks conversant in the case instructed the Instances the paperwork had been unique.

USA TODAY has reached out to Argento’s consultant for remark. Bennett declined remark to the Instances.

Argento, 42, and Bennett, now 22, co-starred as a teenage mom and her son within the 2004 movie “The Middle Is Deceitful Above All Issues,” which Argento directed and co-wrote. 

The actors stayed in contact on social media, and Bennett says she assaulted him once they met up on Would possibly nine, 2013, on the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey, California. The paperwork say she gave him alcohol and pulled his pants off for oral intercourse and sex. In keeping with the Instances, Argento famous the instance on Instagram: “Happiest day of my existence reunion with @jimmymbennett xox.”

In October, the actress instructed The New Yorker that Weinstein forcibly carried out oral intercourse on her at a lodge in France, the place she was once attending Cannes Movie Competition in 1997. Weinstein has mentioned their dating was once consensual.

This Would possibly, Argento gave a fiery speech about sexual attack on the last rite of Cannes. “This pageant was once his looking flooring,” she instructed the black-tie crowd. “I need to make a prediction: Harvey Weinstein won’t ever be welcomed right here ever once more. He’ll reside in shame, avoided by way of a movie neighborhood that when embraced him and coated up for his crimes.

“Even this night,” she persevered, “sitting amongst you, there are those that nonetheless must be held in charge of their habits towards ladies, for conduct that doesn’t belong on this trade, does now not belong in any trade. who you’re. However most significantly, we know who you are. And we’re now not going to permit you to escape with it any further.”

Contributing: The Related Press and Andrea Mandell


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