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After Asia Argento denied claims of sexual assault printed in The New York Times, TMZ shared an alleged textual content change between the actress and a good friend by which Argento seemingly confessed to having intercourse together with her accuser Jimmy Bennett whereas he was a minor.
E! Information has not been capable of independently confirm the textual content messages.
On Sunday, The New York Occasions printed a report claiming Argento had agreed to pay Bennett $380,000 after he accused her of sexual battery in a discover of intent to sue despatched by his lawyer in November 2017. The article was primarily based on paperwork the newspaper had obtained in an encrypted e-mail from an unidentified get together.
In line with TMZ, Argento and the unnamed good friend allegedly despatched the texts following The New York Occasions’ report. Per the printed messages, Argento allegedly wrote, “I had intercourse with him it felt bizarre. I did not know he was a minor till the shakedown letter.”
TMZ additionally printed an image of Argento by which she and Bennett seemed to be shirtless and resting their heads in opposition to a pillow. In its report, The New York Occasions, citing the discover, wrote Argento requested Bennett to take photographs of the 2 of them after the alleged sexual encounter.
In line with the alleged texts printed by TMZ, the unnamed good friend requested about “the picture taken in mattress.” Argento allegedly replied, “You’ll be able to see my tits. That is all. It doesn’t suggest sh-t.” She then allegedly added, “He’s standing up.”
In line with The New York Occasions‘ report of Bennett’s allegations, Bennett arrived at Argento’s resort room on the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Ray, Calif. with a member of the family on Could 9, 2013. Argento then allegedly requested the member of the family to depart and gave the then 17-year-old Bennett an alcoholic beverage. Per The New York Occasions’ reporting of his allegations, she then “kissed him, pushed him again on the mattress, eliminated his pants and carried out oral intercourse.” She then allegedly “climbed on high of him and the 2 had intercourse.”
The newspaper famous Bennett was allegedly underneath California’s authorized age of consent on the time.
However in TMZ’s textual content messages, Argento allegedly wrote “the sexy child jumped me.” The celeb outlet additionally printed an image of a be aware Bennett allegedly wrote on a bit of resort stationary on the time.
Once more, E! Information has not been capable of confirm its validity.
“Asia, I really like you with all my coronary heart,” the letter learn, per TMZ’s picture. “So glad we met once more and I am so glad your in my life. Jimmy.”
In line with TMZ, Argento allegedly textual content the unidentified good friend an image of the letter and wrote, “He wrote me this afterwards and stored sending me unsolicited nudes all these years up till 2 weeks earlier than attorneys letter.”
She then allegedly added, “It wasn’t raped however I used to be frozen. He was on high of me. After, he instructed me I had been his sexual fantasy since was 12.”
In line with The New York Occasions‘ report of Bennett’s allegations, the previous little one star requested for $3.5 million in damages for “intentional infliction of emotional misery, misplaced wages, assault and battery.” Per the article, Bennett alleged he made greater than $2.7 million within the 5 years earlier than the alleged incident and that his earnings had since dropped to beneath $60,000 a 12 months, which he reportedly attributed to trauma from the alleged encounter.
Argento allegedly agreed to pay him $380,000 over the course of a 12 months and a half, which reportedly began with an preliminary cost of $200,000 made in April.
In her denial of the printed allegations, Argento described the claims as “completely false” and acknowledged, “I’ve by no means had any sexual relationship with Bennett.” She additionally claimed she was “linked to him throughout a number of years by friendship solely.” Nevertheless she steered this friendship ended after her “publicity within the Weinstein case.”
She then claimed Bennett had undergone “extreme financial issues” and brought “authorized actions in opposition to his circle of relatives requesting thousands and thousands in damages.” She alleged he then “unexpectedly made an exorbitant request of money from me.”
“Bennett knew my boyfriend, Anthony Bourdain, was a person of nice perceived wealth and had his personal repute as a beloved public determine to guard,” she continued. “Anthony insisted the matter be dealt with privately and this was additionally what Bennett needed. Anthony was afraid of the attainable destructive publicity that such particular person, whom he thought of harmful, may have introduced upon us. We determined to deal compassionately with Bennett’s demand for assist and to provide it to him. Anthony personally undertook to assist Bennett economically, upon the situation that we’d now not endure any additional intrusions in our life.”
There seemed to be an allusion to Bourdain’s involvement within the textual content messages printed by TMZ. She additionally allegedly referenced the backlash following the report.
“If I lose my job I’ll transfer to Africa or the Amazon forest,” she allegedly wrote, per TMZ’s messages. “I need to be among the many 90% of the world that does not give a f–k about this sh-t. Not the convincing, sick 10% of the entitles westerners.”
Argento’s lawyer did reply to TMZ’s request to remark.
A number of celebrities have reacted to The New York Occasions‘ report.Rose McGowan, who has additionally accused Weinstein of rape, tweeted her “heart is broken” over the allegations and that she is going to “proceed my work on behalf of victims in all places.” Mira Sorvino, who additionally accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct, tweeted a be aware, as effectively by which she claimed she was “heartsick over the current allegations in opposition to Asia Argento.”
E! Information has reached out to Argento’s and Bennett’s attorneys.
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