Weinstein accuser Asia Argento 'pays $380k to settle assault case'

Harvey Weinstein's accuser had sex with 17-year-old paid him $380k hush money – report

Lapone/Fotogramma/Ropi/ZUMA Press/NewscomAsia Argento, an Italian actress and director who helped bring down Harvey Weinstein and launch the #MeToo movement, paid $380,000 to an underage actor with whom she had a sexual relationship in 2013.

Bennett and Argento first met when he appeared at age seven in Argento's 2004 film "The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things", according to the Times. Three photos seemingly of the two of them together in bed, including one of both their faces, were included in the notice of intent to sue, according to the Times.

Argento and her attorney did not respond to numerous requests for comment from the New York Times.

This story is still developing.

Bennett's lawyer informed Argento in November past year that the actor would be suing her for $3.5 million (€3.07 million) for "intentional infliction of emotional distress, lost wages, assault, and battery", said the documents obtained by the NYT via encrypted email.

A statement from Bennett's lawyer to NBC News said their client "does not wish to comment on the documents or the events discussed in the New York Times article this evening". The claim alleges the incident had hindered the actor's mental health, plus his work and income.

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Actress and director Asia Argento is now being accused of sexually assaulting a rock singer and former child actor Jimmy Bennett when he was 17.

The newspaper obtained documents sent between lawyers for Argento and the accuser that laid out a payment schedule. "And we're not going to allow you to get away with it any longer".

After coming forward with their claims about Weinstein, Argento and McGowan became friends and each other's supporters, with the former Charmed star writing an open letter demanding online trolls stop attacking the actress, who she once described as a "remarkable human and fearless survivor", following the death of her boyfriend, celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, in June.

It sounds like at the time the Weinstein allegations were being made public, Argento didn't necessarily know Bennett was uncomfortable with what had happened between them.

On early Monday morning, McGowan vocalized on Twitter that she was brokenhearted over the allegations against Argento; she also asserted her intention to continue advocating for victims of sexual violence.

Argento was one of many women who described harassment and assault by disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

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