Asia Argento Not Being Investigated For Sexual Abuse

In a New York Times report it was revealed the Italian actress settled sexual assault allegations made against her by a young actor last year.

One of the most outspoken figures in the #MeToo movement, Asia Argento, has come under fire after a New York Times investigation has revealed she settled sexual assault allegations made against her in late 2017.

The Times reported that Argento paid actor Jimmy Bennett $380,000 in an out-of-court settlement following an incident that allegedly occurred in 2013, when Bennett was just shy of his 17th birthday.

According to the TimesBennett -- who had starred alongside Argento in a 2004 film where he played her son -- claimed she assaulted him in a California hotel room, a state where the age of consent is 18.

Argento was one of the first, and powerfully vocal, to accuse disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, making herself a leader in the #MeToo movement.

A spokesperson for the Sheriff's Department said the report was the first they had learned of the allegations, but that there was "no investigation at this point" in to Argento.

"They’re going to exhaust all avenues since the information has come to light, but it’s not under investigation at this time."

Meanwhile, the revelation that Argento settled the matter has raised issues, with Harvey Weinstein's attorney Ben Brafman telling TMZ, "This development reveals a stunning level of hypocrisy by Asia Argento, one of the most vocal catalysts who sought to destroy Harvey Weinstein".

While Argento's close friend Rose McGowan also faced criticism of hypocrisy after she tweeted, "None of us know the truth of the situation and I'm sure more will be revealed".

Many are calling out McGowan for holding a double standard, that if Argento was not her friend, or if genders were reversed, she wouldn't be calling for a "gentle" approach.

In legal documents obtained by The Times, Bennet said the encounter had traumatised him, threatening his career, income and mental health while the actress' lawyer said the money was given to Bennett to "help him".

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