Mira Sorvino is "malicious" about the accusations. Asia Argento has sexually abused and secretly paid for a young male actor.
Sorvino was, just like Argento, one of the first women to publicize Harvey Weinstein's accusations of sexual assault last fall, and both have been vocal critics of the discredited film magnate and leaders in the global # MeToo movement exposed sexual harassment.
Sorvino posted a statement on her personal Twitter account Tuesday, writing that she "deducts from the recent news" and said that "time will clarify things" but that if the allegations of actor Jimmy Bennett against Argento are true " there is no lens that makes it better. "
Sorvino tweeted: "Just a few weeks ago, I was moved abroad, but I am troubled by the recent news, and although I hope it is not true, I hope that these are the current thoughts."
Her statement was: "I have a blow against the recent allegations against Asia Argento." Time will clarify things and perhaps they will be acquitted, but if it is true, there is no lens that makes it better. "Sexual abuse of children is a horrific crime and is against everything that I and the MeToo movement stand for: I remain committed to the fight for all victims and change the culture that encourages abuse of power in sexual relations."
According to a New York Times report published on Sunday, Argento Bennett paid $ 380,000 in November, after his lawyers ordered the Italian actress to file an indictment for sexual assault. The alleged attack took place in a Californian hotel in 2013 when Bennett was only two months after his seventeenth birthday. The age of consent in California is 18 years.
Argento fiercely denied the claims and claimed that the attack never happened. Argento, however, has confirmed that Bennett made a payment by her then-boyfriend, the late Anthony Bourdain, so that he would no longer bother with them. "I am deeply shocked and hurt when I have read the news that is absolutely false," she said in a statement. "I never had a sexual relationship with Bennett."
Sorvino is the latest high profile leader of the # MeToo movement to make a statement in the aftermath of the Argento allegations. On Monday, Rose McGowan abdicated from Argento, tweeting that her "heart was broken" and that she would continue to "continue my work for victims everywhere".
I was fired abroad a few weeks ago and I love the recent news. Although I hope against hope that it is not true, here are my current thoughts: pic.twitter.com/8oOF3LmHLQ
– Mira Sorvino (@MiraSorvino) August 22, 2018
This article originally appeared in THR.com.