Asia Argento Accuser Says He Saved Sexual Assault Non-public Out of Worry and Embarassment
The person accusing Asia Argento of sexual misconduct when he was 17 years outdated says he selected to maintain the occasion personal as a result of he was afraid and ashamed to have his story heard.
In an announcement to the New York Instances, Jimmy Bennett says, “I didn’t initially communicate out about my story as a result of I selected to deal with it in personal with the one that wronged me. My trauma resurfaced as she got here out as a sufferer herself. I’ve not made a public assertion up to now days and hours as a result of I used to be ashamed and afraid to be a part of the general public narrative.”
He continues, “On the time I believed there was nonetheless a stigma to being within the state of affairs as a male in our society. I did not assume that individuals would perceive the occasion that occurred from the eyes of a teenage boy. I want to transfer previous this occasion in my life, and right now I select to maneuver ahead, not in silence.”
We broke the story …a photo of Argento and Bennett in bed collectively — shirtless — suggests the two had a sexual relationship, together with a number of textual content messages between Asia and a pal through which she flat-out admits she had intercourse with him.
The mattress photograph is one in every of four that Bennett, now 22 years outdated, took in a Marina del Rey lodge room again in 2013. Sources inform us the pic was taken after the two had intercourse. It is a crime in California for an grownup to have intercourse with an individual underneath 18 … and Asia was 37 on the time.
Nonetheless, Argento launched an announcement Tuesday saying, “I’ve by no means had any sexual relationship with Bennett” … however claims Bennett was litigious and made exorbitant money calls for, so she settled with him for $380,000.
Within the textual content messages to her pal, although … Asia admits to intercourse with Bennett however claims she did not know he was a minor till he despatched a “shakedown letter.” She provides … “it wasn’t raped (sic) 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.”
As we reported, the L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. is reaching out to Bennett to find out if a criminal investigation is warranted.