Asia Argento Arranged Deal With Sexual Assault Accuser

Joann Johnston
August 20, 2018

While Bennett declined to speak to the Times directly about the settlement, his lawyer replied to them in an email, "In the coming days, Jimmy will continue doing what he has been doing over the past months and years, focusing on his music".

The terms of the deal including a payment schedule were finalised in April this year, according to the documents seen by the Times.

Actress Asia Argento has been a vocal proponent of the #MeToo movement since her sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein went public.

A letter to Argento from Goldberg said that the money was to help Bennett.

Bennett's lawyers had characterised the hotel encounter as a "sexual battery" that traumatised the former child actor, threatening his mental health and income.

Argento became one of the most well-known activists of the #MeToo movement after she told the New Yorker magazine that Weinstein raped her at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 when she was 21.

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.

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His notice of intent to sue sought US$3.5 million in damages for "intentional infliction of emotional distress, lost wages, assault and battery", the paper said.

Italian actress and director Asia Argento was among the first women in the movie business to accuse producer Harvey Weinstein publicly of sexual assault.

Asia Argento gestures on stage during the closing ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival in May.

The New York Times reports Argento paid $380,000 to 22-year-old actor Jimmy Bennett, after he claimed that he was sexually assaulted by her in a California hotel room.

Shortly after those revelations broke in October past year, in November, Bennett's lawyers sent a notice of intent to sue to Richard Hofstetter, lawyer for the late Anthony Bourdain, who was also representing Argento at the time.

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