Asia Argento jhas withdrew this weekend from a performance at the Le Guess Who music festival in the Netherlands.
"Because of the volatile nature of the allegations about Mrs Argento, she has chosen to withdraw from her curatorship of this year's edition, while these issues remain open," says festival organizers in a statement from DailyMail. .com.
& Le Guess Who? supports its decision because we consider it our responsibility to represent, to the best of our ability, the interests and integrity of all artists involved in our organization, and we strive to do this with feeling and respect. & # 39;
The declaration n states: & # 39; Le Guess Who? still supports all curated artists and their artistic output and intends to keep all these artists involved in the overall program for the 2018 edition. & # 39;
This news comes hours after the text messages reportedly sent by Asia Argento to a friend reveal on Monday that the actress did indeed have sex with her ex-costar Jimmy Bennett when she was 37 and the boy just turned 17.
TMZ published the lyrics, including one that reads: & # 39; It was not raped but I was frozen. He was on top of me. Then he told me that since I was 12, I was a sexual fantasy. & # 39;
A day later, Argento denied having ever had sex with Bennett in a statement, while he suggested that the young man was extorting her and his friend Anthony Bourdain, who was paying the settlement.
TMZ has also published an image that is reportedly a post-coital photo of the two taken in May 2013.
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Jimmy Bennett (left) claims that Asia Argento (right) slept with him in a hotel room in California when he was 17 years old and she was 37 years old, causing mental health problems and paralyzing his career. Argento has denied that the two have ever slept together
Argento & # 39; s lyrics to a friend
Friend: As in what does the audience know and do not know?
What are facts or not facts? It is an annoying question, but I must have a clear vision of what angles we have to send people to get good information for us
Argento: The public knows nothing, only what NYT wrote. What is one-sided. The shocked letter. The horny boy jumped me
F: So it was rape? Or an attempt at secular action?
A: I have sex with him, it felt weird. I did not know that he was a minor until the shakedown letter.
F: One of them is good enough to show that you actively frown on his advance
A: No, it was all on snapchat. Gone
I have not reported because I always felt bad for this failed Hollywood child actor, a victim of the machine, of his parents
I have 80 pages about him through a PI that Anthony has hired
F: Yes, we do not always think about ourselves in those time periods
A: All emails from Anthony that push me to accept pay. My e-mails with Carrie that we did not agree with
Argento also claims that he did not know that Bennett was a minor when they had sex in the lyrics in 2013, despite being enthusiastic about how talented the boy was when they met in 2003 on the set of The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things on Twitter just months before their meeting.
In that tweet, published in August 2012, she wrote: & # 39; At 7 you were already one of the most accomplished actors I have ever met. & # 39;
& # 39; The public knows nothing, only what NYT wrote. That is one-sided. The shocked letter. The horny boy jumped me & # 39 ;, is a text.
When asked if it was rape, the person who is said to be Argento replied: "I had sex with him and it felt weird. I did not know that he was underage until the shakedown letter. & # 39;
The other person, who has not been identified, then asks why she did not report the incident, to which she replies by saying that she has always felt bad about this child's Hollywood accident, a victim of the machine, of his parents. .
Then, in a move that seems to come directly from Harvey Weinstein's playbook, Argento reportedly shows that a private detective was hired by Bourdain to follow the boy and that there are & # 39; 80 pages & # 39; s & # 39; to notes in a text.
Argento also talks about her plans if she loses work for this incident, stating that she would "move to Africa or the Amazon" & # 39; in one text.
This alleged text conversation took place just after The New York Times published his piece on Argento's settlement with Bennett.
Friend: Yes, still has to prove that the money comes from the AB account
Or a connected account
But this looks forward to you
This NYT will look like fools. You have this
ArgentoCarrie never wanted to do this; she first wanted to show the press and the extortion with which I was threatened
F: Good next steps – request bank statements from Bennet who will show the bill that deposited the money that clears your name as a bribe
And then look for evidence that you have sexually rejected this person at a given time
A: Yes, I am thinking about leaking to the Guardian by a trusted friend
If I lose my job, I go to Africa or the Amazon forest
I want to belong to the 90% of the world who does not give a dick about it ***
Not the accomplice, sick 10% of the beneficiaries Westerners
FAfrica is beautiful and absolutely safer than crediting people
AEthiopia or Senegal
Mapia in Brazil
Friend: If at any time you talked to your therapist about inappropriate progress before the whole problem can help
Argento: Not before, during that meeting where he jumped me
F: What about the photo taken in bed?
I think that will be a more difficult buffer. Images are annoying assumption nation
A: You can see my tits. That's all. It does not mean that I am ***
He stands up
A: That's beyond my understanding. It is unfathomable
F: You've worked with him before, how did the old age path escape?
I mean, 16 is the age of consent in most countries around the world
So I was actually shocked about the 17-thing
A: 15 in France and Italy
F: Oh whoa
A: When I was 17, I lived with a 33-year-old man for years
I had just turned 17
Meeting: Argento and Bennett met when they played a mother and her son in The Heart is Misleading above all
I strongly deny and deny the contents of the article in the New York Times, Argento said Tuesday in a statement.
ASIA ARGENTO SAYS BOURDAIN URGED SEX ASSAULT SETTLEMENT
& # 39; I strongly deny and deny the content of the article in the New York Times of August 20, 2018, as also distributed in national and international news.
& # 39; I am deeply shocked and hurt by reading news that is absolutely false. I never had a sexual relationship with Bennett.
I was only connected to him for a few years by friendship, which then ended, after my exposure to the Weinstein case, Bennett – who then experienced serious economic problems and who had previously taken legal action against his own family which claimed millions of damages. demanded – unexpectedly made an exorbitant request for money from me. Bennett knew that my friend, Anthony Bourdain, was of great perceived wealth and had his own reputation as a beloved public figure to protect.
& # 39; Antony[[[[sic]insisted that the case be handled privately and this was also what Bennett wanted. Anthony was afraid of the possible negativity that such a person, whom he considered dangerous, could have robbed us. We have decided to treat the question of Bennett's help with compassion and to give it to him. Anthony personally agreed to help Bennett economically, provided that we would no longer penetrate further into our lives.
& # 39; This is the development of a succession of events that gives me great sadness and that is a long-term persecution. I therefore have no choice but to oppose such false allegations and in the short term and to take all necessary initiatives for my protection for all competent locations. & # 39;
& # 39; I am deeply shocked and hurt by reading news that is absolutely false. I never had a sexual relationship with Bennett. & # 39;
She continues by saying that Bennett went after her because of her relationship with Anthony Bourdain, a "man of great perceived wealth." who & # 39; had its own reputation as a well-loved public figure to protect & # 39 ;.
Bourdain paid the settlement despite the fact that it represented almost half of his cash and savings at the time, while court documents filed after the chef had withheld $ 425,000 from his $ 1.2 million estate were cash.
"Anthony has personally pledged to help Bennett economically, provided that we would no longer penetrate our lives." Argento writes in her statement.
She says that the case was arranged privately at the request of both Bourdain and Bennett
That payout was only a fraction of the $ 3.5 million that Bennett had requested in the notification.
"So this is the umpteenth development of a succession of events that gives me great sadness and that is a lengthy persecution." Argento asserts.
I therefore have no choice but to oppose such false allegations and in the short term I will take all necessary initiatives for my protection for all competent locations. & # 39;
TMZ reported Tuesday that Argento told Bourdain that she broke & # 39; was to pay the settlement, and the two referred to Bennett as a "donkey & # 39; in text messages.
The New York Times broke the news Sunday that Argento actor Jimmy Bennett had paid $ 380,000 when he filed a letter of intent in November.
In that announcement, Bennett claimed that in 2013 he was sexually assaulted by Argento in a Californian hotel room when he was 17 and the actress 37, a decade after he first met her on the set of The Heart, is misleading above all things.
Bennett was only 7 when he was cast to play the son of Argento's drug-addicted prostitute in the film, based on the popular novel by JT Leroy.
The film also played Argento's then-boyfriend Michael Pitt, Winona Ryder and McGowan's former fiancé Marilyn Manson.
Argento has a daughter Anna Lou Castoldi, 17, with singer Marco Castoldi and a 9-year-old son Nicola.
No comment: Bennett has not spoken since his allegations against Argento were announced on Sunday evening (Bennett above on Monday)
Premiere party: Argento and her alleged rapist Weinstein at the premiere of The Heart is deceitful in Cannes in 2004 (top)
Argento has been in the #MeToo for almost a year after claiming that she was sexually assaulted by the unreliable mogul Harvey Weinstein.
She was one of the first to reveal her story and told The New York that she was allegedly attacked by Weinstein at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997.
Weinstein has denied these accusations.
Bennett's lawyer wrote in the statement that his client was sexually assaulted by Argento in 2013 after he was deposed by a family member in a hotel in Marina del Rey for a visit.
The teenager was not able to drive himself because of an eye condition that forbids him to drive a motor vehicle.
The Times, which cited a copy of the message that they had been sent by an anonymous source, reported that Argento then sent the family member away and was alone with Bennett in her hotel room.
Argento gave the minor alcohol to drink & # 39; and showed him a series of notes she had written to him on the hotel's stationery. & # 39;
She then kissed him, pushed him back on the bed, removed his pants and fed oral sex.
She climbed on top of him and the two had sexual intercourse, & # 39; according to the communication.
Then she asked him to take a number of photos. & # 39;
Argento took a number of photos of himself and Bennett after the alleged attack, including one of the two who lay naked in bed.
She also posted five photos of the couple's encounter to her Instagram that day, starting with one of herself in which she wrote: "Waiting for my long lost son my love @ jimmymbennett in panic #marinadelrey cigarettes smoking like there was no next week. & # 39;
In her second job, she shared a selfie of herself with Bennett and wrote: "Happiest day of my reunion with @jimmymbennett xox. & # 39;
In the same post, one follower wrote: "Asia throws him again !! xoxo. & # 39;
Argento replied: "Jimmy will be in my next movie and that is a fact, count that jack."
When asked if the film would shoot in the United States, Argento replied: "No, we shoot the *** in eye-2-ly & @ 39; s @ jimmymbennett has never been there – and yet X . & # 39;
But Bennett never worked again with Argento and filed his notice in November after the very public condemnation by the actress of her alleged rapist Weinstein.
"His feelings about that day were recently brought to the forefront when Ms. Argento became the limelight as one of the many victims of Harvey Weinstein," said Bennett's lawyer in the notification.
He then asked for compensation of $ 3.5 million, seeing deliberate attacks of emotional distress, lost wages, abuse and battery.
The parties agreed to an arrangement in April and a month later Argento appeared at the closing ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival.
In a speech that garnered much praise at the time she said: "In 1997, I was raped by Harvey Weinstein here in Cannes. I was 21 years old. & # 39;
Argento continued: & # 39; Even tonight, when you are seated, there are people who still have to be held responsible for their behavior against women. You know who you are. But the most important thing is that we know who you are. And we're not going to let you get away with it. & # 39;
The actress then said that Weinstein was no longer welcome at the festival.
The Italian star told the New Yorker that Weinstein raped her in 1997 at a party organized by Miramax at Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc. She claims that the mogul led her to an empty room and asked her to give him a massage.
She reluctantly agreed and halfway through, he began to perform oral sex with her after she had lifted her skirt by force despite her repeated requests to stop.
Argento says she became suspicious when the party she arrived was just an empty hotel room, but she was sure people would soon arrive at Weinstein.
Then he came out of the bathroom in a bathrobe and held a bottle of lotion, says the actress, who was just 21.
& # 39; He asks me to give a massage. I thought, look man, I'm not an idiot, & # 39; & # 39; Argento said.
& # 39; But when I look back, I'm a bastard. And I still try to understand what has happened. & # 39;
The actress, who is the daughter of the famous Italian director Dario Argento, said that as soon as Weinstein began giving oral sex to her, she could not stop her because he was so much bigger than she was.
& # 39; It would not stop. It was a nightmare, "said Argento, who eventually decided to pretend she liked it, hoping it would expire.
When it was over, Argento said she said on the bed and said to her attacker: "I am not a whore."
He laughed at her and said that he would put that on a shirt according to Argento, who said that Weinstein contacted her months after the attack and even began to offer her expensive gifts.