The actress and MeToo activist Asia Argento has resisted accusations of sexual abuse. An appropriate report from New York Times is wrong, said Argento according to Italian news agency Ansa. In it, she is accused of abusing her younger acting colleague Jimmy Bennett and later paid him money to avoid a lawsuit.
"I deny and reject content of article published by New York Times, which circulates in international media," Argento said. She was "deeply shocked" about "absolutely false" news and spoke of "persecution". She never had any form of a sexual relationship with Bennett.
The New York Times had reported that Argento had sex with Bennett in California when he was 17 and she was 37 years old. Sex with Under-18-year-olds is punishable in U.S. state. Bennett demanded 3.5 million dollars from Argento years later, in spring y would have agreed on 380,000 dollars (around 330,000 euros).
Argento said that she had been a friend of Bennett for several years only. This friendship came to an end when Bennett put a excessive money claim on her after accusing former Hollywood producer, Harvey Weinstein, of rape.
Her partner, late TV chef Anthony Bourdain, was worried about a possible damage that Bennett could cause, Argento said. Therefore, couple decided to "respond compassionately to Bennett's demand for help and give him help".
Under hashtag MeToo, numerous women on internet have reported sexual assaults against m.Updated Date: 22 August 2018, 12:00