#MeToo activist pays off actor who accused her of sex assault

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CBS News' Jericka Duncan asked attorney Brafman how Weinstein reacted when he told him about the report that Argento was accused of sexual harassment. Argento said she continued to have a relationship with Weinstein because she was afraid of angering him.

McGowan and Argento have been among the most prominent women to come forward with allegations of rape against now-disgraced film titan Harvey Weinstein, who is facing criminal charges in NY unrelated to McGowan or Argento.

Weinstein has been indicted on sex crimes accusations involving three women, but Argento is not one of them.

"I don't remember the first words".

He says his client was not surprised by the New York Times article about Arento's alleged payoff of the actor.

The New York Times reported that 22-year-old actor Jimmy Bennett claims in 2013 - a couple of months after his 17th birthday - Argento, then 37, sexually assaulted him in a hotel near Los Angeles.

"The degree of hypocrisy that this development demonstrates is beyond stunning", Brafman said.

McGowan has gained stature as a victims' advocate in the year since the Weinstein allegations first broke in the New York Times and New Yorker last October.

Bennett was 17 at the time of the alleged assault - a year younger than California's age of consent.

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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". "But there is a huge difference between acting inappropriately and engaging in intentional criminal conduct".

McGowan and Argento have been steadfast allies in the past year, as staunch supporters of victims' rights and the #MeToo movement.

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"To date, the LASD has not located any police report alleging criminal activity within our jurisdiction in relation to this incident", the statement said.

Along with the documents, which were sent to anonymously via encrypted email, the NYT received a photograph which is said to show Bennett and Argento in bed together. "All of the women who have come out to tell their stories is that there was a pattern there that transcended race or nationality or different places on the economic spectrum".

The photo was taken on May 9, 2013 in a room at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Marina del Rey, California.

Weinstein has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 70 women.

ABC News reached out to Argento and her representatives for comment on the allegations and we have not heard back.



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