Asia Argento has been accused of sexual assault: Rose McGowan heartbroken
According to a new report, the actress Asia Argento, one of the first prominent women to accuse disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual violence, has agreed to pay from its own sexual abuse accuser. Colleague #MeToo activist and Weinstein prosecutor Rose McGowan says her ‘heart is broken.’
Asia Argento has responded to an actor Jimmy Bennett’s sexual assault claims in a long statement by a new lawyer, who adds Argento is stopping the payments to Bennett, as arranged by her ex Anthony Bourdain.
Lawyer Mark Jay Heller denies reports that Argento had a sexual relationship with Bennett, claiming, “Her relationship with Bennett was never sexual, but the relationship was a long distance friendship for many years.”
The declaration recognizes Argento’s late ex, Bourdain, was a $380,000 contract with Bennett to protect Argento. But, Now Mr. Bourdain is deceased and not able to comment on his desire to avoid potential scandal … Asia will not allow a part of the balance of the $380,000 to be paid to Bennett, which already has received $250,000 from Anthony Bourdain.”
The statement says: “Asia courage originally, the charges against Harvey Weinstein has not decreased … Phase Two of the #metoo motion controls that the voice of the victim, even one with a history that can be involved, be heard, and she is hopeful that in the Court of Public Opinion will ultimately be determined that Asia never started an inappropriate sexual contact with a minor, but she was attacked by Bennett and maybe even suffering from the relapse of a smear campaign by the already accused, who has a vested interest in their accusers denied credibility.”
Bennett’s lawyer does not get back to us by the deadline.
The actor, now 22, has previously said of his accusations, “I was a minor when the event took place… I had not imagined that the people would understand the event that took place from the eyes of a teenager.”
This article originally appeared on Page Six.