Italian actress Asia Argento, figurehead of the # MeToo movement after rape producer Harvey Weinstein of rape, paid money to a man who claimed to have sexually assaulted him at the age of 17 The New York Times reported Sunday.
A sum of $ 380,000 has been paid to Jimmy Bennett, an American rock actor and musician, who claims that Argento sexually abused him in a Californian hotel room in 2013, according to the New York Times, which quotes documents sent by an unidentified source to the newspaper.
The lawyers of Bennett described the meeting at the hotel as a "rape". who traumatized the young actor and threatened his mental health.
Her letter of intent to prosecute Ms. Argento related to a claim of $ 3.5 million in compensation for "intentionally inflicting emotional distress and loss of salary after a sexual assault," according to the paper.
At the time of the facts, he was 17 years old and two months old when she was 37 years old. The legal age for consent to sex in California is 18 years old.
The newspaper said it had unsuccessfully tried several times to get a comment on the subject from Asia Argento or its representatives.
The terms of the agreement, including a payment schedule, were finalized in April of this year, according to the documents the newspaper saw. According to these documents, Argento's lawyer, Carrie Goldberg, described the money as "helping Mr. Bennett."
The Italian actress is one of the first to publicly accuse the American magnate Harvey Weinstein of raping her. She became an important voice in the #MeToo movement after she was raped by the producer in 1997 at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 when she was 21 years old.
At the closing party of the Cannes Film Festival in 2018 she told the audience: "Things have changed, you will not get away without worrying".