Asia Argento denies sex claim, says Anthony Bourdain aided in payoff

Asia Argento denies sex claim, says Anthony Bourdain aided in payoff

Asia Argento denies sex claim, says Anthony Bourdain aided in payoff

A day after the Italian actress denied having "any sexual relationship" with Jimmy Bennett when he was 17 years old, TMZ obtained text messages in which Argento allegedly flat out told a friend she did, in fact, have sex with him.

Another ran the headline 'Asia Argento Grottesca, ' and underneath that read: 'The molested molests a minor'.

Argento's friend and #MeToo ally Rose McGowan said her "heart is broken" over the claims but urged her followers to "be gentle" as they wait for "the truth of the situation".

In the texts, Argento writes that she and her lawyer Carrie Goldberg disagreed with that idea but Bourdain, who hired a private investigator to look into Bennett, pushed for it.

On Sunday, The New York Times published an article claiming that Argento had set up a sexual encounter with 17-year-old actor, Jimmy Bennet, back in 2013.

"I am deeply shocked and hurt by having read news that is absolutely false", her statement opened.

"I remain dedicated to fight for all victims and change the culture that encourages abuse of power in sexual relationships", Sorvino added.

Argento says that she was linked to Bennett "during several years by friendship only".

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Bourdain also paid the settlement despite the fact that it represented nearly half of his cash and savings at the time, with court papers submitted after the chef's death revealing $425,000 of his $1.2 million estate was in cash.

Additionally, the lead photo of the TMZ story shows Argento and Bennett in bed together.

"He started massaging my shoulders, which made me very uncomfortable, and then tried to get more physical, sort of chasing me around", she said, and explained she left the room. He was on top of me. Bennett alleges that Argento performed oral sex on him and had sex with him when they met at a hotel.

Argento's statement said that her late boyfriend, Anthony Bourdain, considered her accuser "dangerous" but decided Bennett's need for money was worthy of "compassion".

Bennett claims that Argento allegedly gave him alcohol and letters she had written for them during the May 2013 meeting at the hotel, according to the NYT docs.

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Disclosure of the settlement has put into jeopardy Argento's role as a judge on singing competition show X Factor Italy.

A spokesperson for The New York Times told Reuters: "We are confident in the accuracy of our reporting, which was based on verified documents and multiple sources".

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