Weinstein's accuser Asia Argento 'sexually assaulted' 17-yr-old

Italian actress and director Asia Argento arrives at the ninth annual Women in the World Summit Thursday

In a notice of an intent to sue sent to Richard Hofstetter in November, Argento's lawyer at the time, the alleged assault was apparently so traumatic to Bennett that it affected his work and threatened his mental health.

According to the Times, the alleged sexual assault on May 9, 2013, and the payment agreement that followed are laid out in documents between lawyers for Argento and Bennett that the newspaper received through encrypted email from an unknown source.

On the day of their meeting but before Bennett arrived, Argento reportedly posted an Instagram message about looking forward to seeing him. Then she kissed him, pushed him back on the bed, removed his trousers and performed oral sex.

The NYT said Argento quietly agreed to pay Bennett $380,000 (€333,065).

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Argento was one of the 13 women whose name was included in the first October 2017 New Yorker report about Weinstein's dark tales of harassment that dated back decades.

Argento and Bennett co-starred in a 2004 film called "The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things" in which Argento played Bennett's prostitute mother. But they then settled for $380k, as is being reported in the New York Times.

Neither Argento, who lives in Rome, nor Bennett commented for The Times report.

Asia Argento along with a dozen other women kicked off the avalanche of sexual assault allegations that has been hitting powerful men in the U.S. movie industry and beyond. "We are not going to allow you to get away with it".

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A month earlier, Argento had made public her allegations of sexual assault against defamed media mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.

Bennett's lawyer informed Argento in November previous year that the actor would be suing her for $3.5 million (€3.07 million) for "intentional infliction of emotional distress, lost wages, assault, and battery", said the documents obtained by the NYT via encrypted email.

Her late boyfriend, celebrated television food critic Anthony Bourdain, was also an outspoken voice in the movement decrying sexual misconduct by power players in the entertainment industry and beyond.

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