Jimmy Bennett, the 22-year-old actor who alleges Asia Argento slept with him when he was underage, is breaking his silence after the stunning accusations surfaced in a New York Occasions report.
Issuing an announcement on Wednesday, Bennett refutes Argento’s assertion by which she vehemently denied that she had intercourse with Bennett when he was simply 17. “I’ve by no means had any sexual relationship with Bennett,” stated Argento in her assertion on Tuesday.
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Nonetheless, Bennett’s assertion insists that he did have intercourse with Argento, who directed him in her 2004 movie “The Coronary heart Is Deceitful Above All” when he was simply eight.
“I didn’t initially communicate out about my story as a result of I selected to deal with it in personal with the one who wronged me,” stated Bennett in an announcement to The Hollywood Reporter. “My trauma resurfaced as [Argento] got here out as a sufferer herself. I’ve not made a public assertion prior 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.”
In line with the Occasions, Argento, 42, paid Bennett $380,000 to maintain silent about their sexual relationship, with the payout happening inside the similar timeframe that she turned one of many main voices within the #MeToo motion after her public accusations of being sexually assaulted by Harvey Weinstein.
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“I used to be underage when the occasion happened, and I attempted to hunt justice in a approach that made sense to me on the time as a result of I used to be not able to take care of the ramifications of my story turning into public. On the time I believed there was nonetheless a stigma to being within the state of affairs as a male in our society. I didn’t assume that folks would perceive the occasion that happened from the eyes of a teenage boy,” Bennett continued.
“I’ve needed to overcome many adversities in my life, and that is one other that I’ll take care of, in time,” his assertion concluded. “I wish to transfer previous this occasion in my life, and right now I select to maneuver ahead, not in silence.”
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Bennett’s assertion comes after TMZ printed textual content messages allegedly from Argento and leaked pictures of Bennett and Argento in mattress collectively.
Within the texts, the celebration alleged to be Argento admits having intercourse with Bennett however claims she didn’t know he was a minor till after he despatched her a “shakedown letter.” As well as, she implies that he was the aggressor.
“The sexy child jumped me,” reads the textual content. Requested if she was raped, the textual content replies, “I had intercourse with him it felt bizarre.” One other textual content clarifies that “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.” One other textual content refers to “the extortion I used to be being threatened with.”
On the time of the alleged sexual encounter, Argento posted a photograph of herself and Bennett on Instagram: