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Entertainment Asia Argento Denies Alleged Sexual Assault, Says Anthony Bourdain Paid Off Accuser

18:31  21 august  2018
18:31  21 august  2018 Source:   hollywoodreporter.com

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  Asia Argento to Be Cut From 'X Factor Italy' If Assault Claim Is Sky Italia and FreemantleMedia Italia said that if the Times story was "confirmed" then "we would have no choice but to take note of it and put an end to the collaboration with Asia Argento."Sky Italia and FreemantleMedia Italia, producers of singing competition X Factor Italy, where Argento is a judge, released a statement saying Argento was always chosen for her musical and television skills, but if the Times story "were to be confirmed" then the show would cut ties with the actress.

Asia Argento on Tuesday morning denied that she ever had a sexual relationship with an underage male in response to a New York Times report alleging she paid off a sexual assault accuser . Asia Argento Denies Alleged Sexual Assault , Says Anthony Bourdain Paid Off Accuser .

Asia Argento calls sexual assault claims 'false,' says Anthony Bourdain paid off accuser . Argento claims that it was the late Anthony Bourdain ‘s idea to settle with Bennett, whom she says was going through “severe economic problems.”

Asia Argento, Anthony Bourdain are posing for a picture© Provided by The Hollywood Reporter

Asia Argento on Tuesday morning denied that she ever had a sexual relationship with an underage male in response to a Monday New York Times report.

The Italian actress, who was one of the first to publicly accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, was accused of secretly paying off a young male actor who accused her of sexual misconduct in the months after her revelations about the disgraced movie mogul.

Argento said the assault never happened. However, she did say a payment was made to child actor Jimmy Bennett by her then-boyfriend, the late Anthony Bourdain, so Bennett would stop harassing them.

Mira Sorvino Responds to Asia Argento Settlement: ‘I Have Been Heartsick’

  Mira Sorvino Responds to Asia Argento Settlement: ‘I Have Been Heartsick’ Time’s Up and #MeToo advocate Mira Sorvino has broken her silence over the news that fellow advocate and Weinstein accuser Asia Argento paid a settlement to a former child actor who accused her of sexual assault. Sorvino wrote on Twitter that she had been abroad for several weeks and was still “reeling” from the news.

In her statement, Argento not only denies the Times’s reporting, but also claims that her late boyfriend, TV host and chef Anthony Bourdain , paid the In her statement, Argento claims that Bennett sought her out because of her relationship with Bourdain , who had a “reputation as a beloved public figure to

August 2018 source 2 mess Asia Argento Says Anthony Bourdain Paid Accuser Jimmy Bennett in Sexual Assault Case…I just received this statement from @ AsiaArgento in response to the NYT story published late Sunday evening. pic.twitter.com/jAOo7TAULX Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) 21.

"I am deeply shocked and hurt having read the news that is absolutely false," she said in a statement obtained by journalist Yashar Ali. "I have never had any sexual relationship with Bennett."

Argento says Bennett tried to extort her. And rather than having a long, drawn-out battle in the press amid the Weinstein scandal, it was Bourdain who said a payment would be made in order to make the situation disappear, she said.

"This is, therefore, the umpteenth development of a sequence of events that brings me great sadness and that constitutes a long-standing persecution," Argento continued in the statement. "I have therefore no other choice but to oppose such false allegations and will assume in the short term all necessary initiatives for my protection before all competent venues."

More to come.

Asia Argento accuser Jimmy Bennett vows to get remainder of payment, donate it to #MeToo .
Per Jimmy Bennett's attorney: "Upon securing the outstanding funds owed, Jimmy will be donating the entirety of it to the #MeToo movement."A statement put out earlier this week by Argento's attorney, Mark Jay Heller, also claimed, without providing any proof, that Bennett was "alleged to have been charged in 2014 at the Los Angeles Police Department with 'unlawful sex with a minor,' 'stalking' and 'child pornography' and 'child exploitation.' " However, Greg Risling, a spokesman for the district attorney, told USA TODAY that "our office has no record of him being charged in connection with the referenced 2014 incident.

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