Actress and activist Asia Argento, 42, has shocked many with this latest development in her life story that will undoubtedly shed a negative light on the global “MeToo” movement.
Miss Argento, one of the leading voices, who helped take down disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, is now being accused of sexual assault.
The New York Times has also revealed that her late boyfriend, TV star Anthony Bourdain, “helped her navigate the matter.”
In the bombshell report, the accuser, actor Jimmy Bennett, who played Argento’s son in the 2004 drama The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, that the Italian actress also directed, said he is a victim who has been damaged by the incident.
The 22-year-old said he was assaulted in a California hotel when he was 17. He claimed in 2013; he met with Argento in a hotel room with his chaperone for a brief reunion.
The Italian star sent away the chaperone, gave him alcohol, and kissed him.
The woman performed oral sex on Bennett and then had sexual relations with him. She later agreed to pay Bennett $380,000 in hush money.
The New York Times obtained the original notice to sue from the actor where he demanded $3.5 million in damages for emotional distress, lost wages, assault, and battery.
It appears that Bourdain’s lawyer, Richard Hofstetter, who was representing Argento at the time, is the one who worked on the settlement.
Many are baffled by the story because Argento has multiple posts on Instagram where she called Bennett “her son” and told him that she loved him.
Argento came forward almost one year ago and revealed that Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her in 1997.
She was part of a floodgate where over 40 actresses including Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, and Rose McGowan came forward to share their stories.
Proponents of the #MeToo movement say that two horrible things can be true.