Asia Argento has denied accusations that she had sexually assaulted co-star Jimmy Bennett when he was just 17.
The 42-year-old actress – who previously accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment – became the subject of her own accusations this week after she claimed she had paid $ NZ365,000 to Jimmy, with whom she collaborated on The Heart Is Misleading Above All Things , who accused her of sexual assault.
A report published by The New York Times claimed that Asia in 2013 attacked Jimmy, now 22, sexually in a Californian hotel room two months after he turned 17 and paid him the large sum of money after he threatened to prosecute her.
But now the actress has denied the accusations and then told her friend Anthony Bourdain – who was found dead in a hotel room at the age of 61, at the age of 61 – Jimmy had given the money to help him when he was in the prison. a difficult financial situation.
In a long statement, Asia said, "I am deeply shocked and hurt by reading news that is absolutely false, I have never had a sexual relationship with Bennett.
"After my exposure to the Weinstein case, Bennett, who at the time experienced serious economic problems and had previously taken legal action against his own family to claim millions of damages, unexpectedly made an exorbitant request for money from me.
"Bennett knew that my friend, Anthony Bourdain, was a man with a lot of perceived wealth, and had his own reputation as a beloved public person to protect." Anthony insisted that the case was handled privately and this was also what Bennett wanted. possible negative publicity that such a person, which he considered dangerous, could have brought us.
"We have decided to act mercilessly with Bennett's request for help and to give it to him Anthony has personally agreed to help Bennett economically, provided that we would not suffer any further burglaries in our lives."
Earlier, the New York Times reported that Jimmy's lawyer Gordon K. Sattro had told them that Jimmy's 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. & # 39;
Asia made claims against Weinstein for the first time in October and is one of more than 60 women who have filed allegations against the producer.
She accused Weinstein of forcing oral sex on her in 1997, but admitted that she had "had sexual relations with [Weinstein] several times over the next five years "after the alleged attack, although she described the meetings as" one-sided and "unanistic. "