Actress Asia Argento denies sexual relationship with accuser

Asia Argento attends the 2018 Women In The World Summit at Lincoln Center

But on Sunday night, the New York Times dropped a bomb about Argento: she was accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy and agreeing to pay him $380,000 to keep quiet.

She said the original New York Times article making the allegations had left her "deeply shocked and hurt".

Hours after The New York Times reported that Argento paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to a young actor in order to settle a claim that she sexually assaulted him in 2013, Me Too founder Tarana Burke tweeted that the movement is for "all of us, including these fearless young men who are now coming forward".

"I have never had any sexual relationship with Bennett", she said. Argento told the magazine that she continued to have a relationship with Weinstein because she was afraid of angering him. She also stated that her late partner Anthony Bourdain bore the financial cost, fearing "possible negative publicity". "Anthony was afraid of the possible negative publicity that such person, whom he considered risky, could have brought up on us", she said.

"Anthony personally undertook to help Bennett economically, upon the condition that we would no longer suffer any further intrusions in our life", she added.

Bennett's attorney and representative did not immediately responded to Fox News' requests for comment. Activist Rose McGowan said her "heart is broken" by the report.

Bourdain killed himself in June.

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The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has said it is looking into the allegations.

In a statement published by Vanity Fair, a lawyer for Mr Bennett said his client would not comment but would take the "next 24 hours, or longer, to prepare his response".

Italian actress Asia Argento. He claims that the two had sexual relations in 2013, months after he turned 17 years old.

As for the accusations against Argento, The Times reported that the legal documents contain allegations that Argento was alone with Bennett in a hotel room and gave him alcohol before kissing him, pushing him on the bed and performing oral sex.

Tarana Burke, the activist who founded #MeToo, weighed in as well, writing in a series of tweets that the movement is "for all of us, including these courageous young men who are now coming forward".

In addition to exposing Bennett's alleged trauma, the report threatens to undermine the #MeToo movement, since it accuses one of its leaders of the kind of abuse she was speaking out against.

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