Activist Argento settles sex assault case

Legal documents obtained by the New York Times reveals that Argento one of the first women to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault paid off an actor who accused her of sexual misconduct

Asia Argento, who accused Weinstein, made deal with her own accuser

The court filings allege that Argento sexually assaulted Bennet during a meeting at her Los Angeles-area hotel room in May 2013.

Oscar observer Brian Perry tweeted, "The big Q is whether people will look past this moment to still embrace all Asia has done for #MeToo".

The newspaper said it had tried repeatedly without success to get a comment on the matter from Argento and her representatives. He was among several people on Twitter reminding that it is not uncommon for those who are abused to go on to abuse others.

Argento was one of the 13 women whose name was included in the first October 2017 New Yorker report about Weinstein's dark tales of harassment that dated back decades.

Argento played Bennett's mother in the 2004 film "The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things", when Bennett was aged eight.

Harvey Weinstein accuser and outspoken voice of the #MeToo movement Asia Argento has handled her own sexual assault case on the down-low, making an arrangement to pay Jimmy Bennett, who accused her of sexually assaulting him in 2013. On that day, Bennett was reportedly driven by a family member to meet Argento, who asked the family member to leave to she could spend time alone with the young actor.

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As per the terms of the deal, Bennett, now 22, transferred the photograph and its copyright to Argento, now 42.

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

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". Bennett asked for $3.5 million in damages for "the intentional infliction of emotional distress, lost wages, assault and battery". "We hope nothing like this ever happens to you again", Goldberg wrote.

In mail exchanges between lawyers and clients the $380,000 of apparent hush money is reportedly described as "help" for Bennett, who claims to have been struggling with work and mental health after Argento's alleged assault, his income dropping from $2.7mn in the five years before his encounter with Argento, to $60,000 a year afterwards.

Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.

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