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Asia Argento Paid $380K to Settle With Accuser of Her Own

Jimmy Bennett played her son in 2004's ' The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 20, 2018 2:04 AM CDT
Italian actress and director Asia Argento speaks at the ninth annual Women in the World Summit Thursday, April 12, 2018, in New York.   (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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(Newser) – One of Harvey Weinstein's most prominent accusers settled a sexual assault claim from her own accuser last year, according to legal documents. Months after she came forward with her allegations against Weinstein last 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. He alleged that he had a sexual encounter with Argento in a California hotel room in 2013, when she was 37 and he was 17, below the state's age of consent. In November last year, he sent a notice of intent to sue for $3.5 million for emotional distress and lost wages.

The legal documents provided to the Times include a selfie of Argento and Bennett in bed. The legal notice states that the encounter left Bennett “extremely confused, mortified, and disgusted” and his income dried up in the following years. In a letter to Argento, her lawyer, Carrie Goldberg, described the settlement as "helping Mr. Bennett." "We hope nothing like this ever happens to you again," Goldberg wrote. "You are a powerful and inspiring creator and it is a miserable condition of life that you live among s****y individuals who’ve preyed on both your strengths and your weaknesses." Bennett's rep says he is now focusing on his music career, People reports. (Argento faced online harassment after the suicide of boyfriend Anthony Bourdain in June.)

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