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Mira Sorvino has spoken after it was reported that her friend Asia Argento had paid a $ 380,000 settlement to actor Jimmy Bennett after he accused her of assault.
Sorvino, 50, who, like Argento, is a strong supporter of the # MeToo movement, recorded Twitter to post: "Now that I've been moved abroad a few weeks ago, I'm cooling down the recent news. I hope against hope that it is not true, here are my current thoughts.
"I have a punch about the recent allegations against Asia Argento, time will clarify things and maybe they will be acquitted, but if it is true, there is no lens that makes it better," added Sorvino, who also did Harvey Weinstein. accused of sexual misconduct.
"Child abuse is a gruesome crime and goes against everything I and the #MeToo movement stand for. I continue to strive to fight for all victims and change the culture that encourages abuse of power in sexual relations."
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Sorvino's comments come after Argento issued a statement earlier this week. Bennett accused the 42-year-old actress of having a sexual relationship with him in California when he was a minor when he was 17.
While the New York Times reported that Argento signed a deal with Bennett – the 7-year-old son of Argento in the movie "The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things" – in exchange for the fact that he dropped a lawsuit of $ 3.5 million, the actress meanwhile a violent denial that she and Bennett, now 22, were once involved in sexual activity.
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Her statement that was shared on Twitter by journalist Yashar Ali was that they & # 39; the denounced assertions & # 39; strongly denied and opposed. Times story.
She added that she was deeply shocked and hurt by reading news that was absolutely false. I never had a sexual relationship with Bennett. & # 39;
Argento also said that her friend Anthony Bourdain, who committed suicide in June, insisted on treating the case "privately".