The Latest: Authorities looking into Asia Argento allegation
Aug. 21, 2018
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a report that actress Asia Argento settled a complaint filed against her by a young actor (all times local):
Los Angeles County sheriff's officials say they are investigating a report that actress Asia Argento reached a settlement with an actor who says she sexually assaulted him when he was 17.
Capt. Darren Harris said Monday that the department has learned no police report was filed at the time, and investigators will reach out to Jimmy Bennett, now 22, and his representatives.
The New York Times reports that the 42-year-old Argento, one of the most prominent activists of the #MeToo movement, settled a notice of intent to sue filed by Bennett for $380,000 shortly after she said last October that producer Harvey Weinstein raped her.
Bennett says in the notice that he had sex with Argento in 2013 in a hotel in California, where the age of consent is 18.
His lawyer tells the Associated Press that Bennet declines comment. Argento's representatives have not responded to requests for comment.
This item has been corrected on spelling of Bennett.
The New York Times reports that Italian actress Asia Argento recently settled a complaint filed against her by a young actor and musician who said she sexually assaulted him when he was 17.
Argento is one of the most prominent activists of the #MeToo movement.
The Times says that Argento, 42, settled the notice of intent to sue by Jimmy Bennett, who is now 22, for $380,000 shortly after she said last October that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein raped her.
Bennett says in the notice that he had sex with Argento in a California hotel in 2013. The age of consent in California is 18.
The Times says it received court documents that have been authenticated by three people familiar with the case.
Representatives for Argento could not be immediately reached for comment. Bennett declined to comment to the Times.