The Italian actress and director Asia Argento says she feels "pity" with Jimmy Bennett, who accuses her of sexual assault and has rejected the former teenage actor as "a lost soul".
Argento, 43, is one of the leading voices of the MeToo movement, which campaigns against sexual harassment in the entertainment industry and beyond.
Last month, The New York Times reported that she had paid Bennett to arrange accusations that she had sexually abused him. The actress confirmed that a payment had been made, but denied any "sexual relationship".
With regard to the Italian TV La7, Argento talked about watching Bennett last week, during an interview he gave to the same broadcaster.
It made me a little angry, but above all I felt sorry for him, because Bennett is a child who did not succeed in continuing his career, and thus a lost soul, she said.
She accused Bennett of blackmail, extortion & # 39 ;.
According to the New York Times, the couple met in a California hotel room in 2013 when Bennett was 17 years old. In California, the age is 18 years old.
Last month Argento said that her late partner, the famous chef Anthony Bourdain, agreed to give Bennett money to help him through "serious economic problems".
Bourdain was found dead in a hotel room in June. He was 61.
An emotional Argento told La7 that she & # 39; the abyss, despair & # 39; saw after Bourdain's death, and "felt guilty because he had not seen his pain."
Argento was one of the first actresses to denounce Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein as a sexual predator. She accused him of having raped her in 1997, when she was 21.