Jimmy Bennett, who claims to have been sexually abused by the actress, did not want the story to be made public
August 22, 2018, 8.50 pm
The actor who claims to be sexually abused by Asia Argento, Jimmy Bennett, spoke about the accusation, revealed at the weekend by the newspaper The New York Times. Sent in a statement to the website of the magazine The Hollywood Reporter, He explains why he never reported the case, which would have happened in 2013 when he was 17 years old. "I decided to solve the problem privately with the person who caused me harm," he said.
Bennett said "his trauma has reappeared" when Asia raped producer Harvey Weinstein last year. "My trauma reappeared when she said she was a victim as well, and I did not make a statement in the last days because I was ashamed and scared to be part of a public story."
According to the New York Times, Asia paid $ 380,000 to Bennett after the abuse, which would have happened in California, where the age of consent is 18 years. In a statement issued on Tuesday, she denied having sexual relations with the actor, and claimed that he was extorting money from her and Anthony Bourdain, her friend, who died in June.
"I was a minor when the case happened," continued Bennett, who is now 22 years old. "I tried to get it right in a way that seemed clear to me at the time, because I was not ready to process the ramifications of my story when it became public, and I believed there would be a stigma that I was a man in that situation. I did not think people would understand the matter through the eyes of a teenager. & # 39;
Photo & # 39; s and messages
On Wednesday, TMZ released a photo in which Asia and Bennett seem to be lying on a bed. The publication also published a series of messages that were sent to a friend by Asia according to the website. In the messages, the person identified as Asia said that he had sex with him, that "it was strange" and that she did not know that he was a minor.
the New York Times confirmed that the photo released by TMZ is the same as the newspaper report to the letter from Bennett's lawyer to Asia Argento, in which he spoke about his intention to bring a lawsuit against her. In the document, obtained by the newspaper, the lawyer asked for $ 3.5 million in damages.
Bennet played the son of Asia in the film Damned heart (2004) when he was 7 years old.