Rose McGowan ‘heartbroken’ by claims Asia Argento 'paid off' accuser

Tonya Becker
August 20, 2018

She paid off Bennett, who claims to have been assaulted in a California hotel room in 2013 by the then 37-year-old actor when he was a little over 17, in the months that followed her allegations of sexual abuse by the now-disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

The alleged incident happened on May 9, 2013, when one of Bennett's family members drove him to meet Argento at her hotel room.

Bennett's lawyer informed Argento in November previous 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.

Bennett, who is now a 22-year-old, played the Argento's son in 2014 film "The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things".

Argento, 42, also appeared on McGowan's reality series "Citizen Rose" to speak out about her own sexual assault.

The notice was filed by Bennett after Argento accused Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of raping her last October.

Bennett alleged in the docs that Argento kissed him before performing oral sex on him and engaging in intercourse at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey.

Three people familiar with the case said the documents were authentic, the Times reported. The notice says the encounter traumatised Bennett, affected his mental health and damaged his career, the Times reported.

Notably, Jimmy Bennett was 17 at the time of the assault.

Bennett's other film credits include 2003's "Daddy Day Care", "Firewall", "Evan Almighty" and "Star Trek".

The report also alleges that Asia's former boyfriend, the late Anthony Bourdain, "helped Ms. Argento navigate the matter". "I want to make a prediction: Harvey Weinstein will never be welcomed here ever again".

The former Charmed actress added: 'My heart is broken.

The NYT said Argento quietly agreed to pay Bennett $380,000 (€333,065). "I will continue my work on behalf of victims everywhere".

Asia Argento has not commented on her sexual assault allegations, not responding to several requests for an interview from the New York Times. Weinstein has said their relationship was consensual. Bennett's account of how the events unfolded that day is laid out in the article.

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