Harvey Weinstein's accuser had sex with 17-year-old paid him $380k hush money – report

Lapone/Fotogramma/Ropi/ZUMA Press/NewscomAsia Argento, an Italian actress and director who helped bring down Harvey Weinstein and launch the #MeToo movement, paid $380,000 to an underage actor with whom she had a sexual relationship in 2013.

Disgraced former Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein is denying he admitted to The Spectator that he offered acting jobs to women in exchange for sex.

On the day of the alleged assault, Argento and Bennett met for a reunion at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey.

Weinstein saw his empire come crashing down in October 2017 when he was hit with a slew of allegations of sexual harassment and assault from more than 30 women.


The Times said that Bennett's lawyer, Gordon K. Sattro, stated the actor would "continue doing what he has been doing over the past months and years, focusing on his music", over "the coming days".

At the time of the alleged encounter, Bennett was 17 years old and Argento was 37 years old. Three photos seemingly of the two of them together in bed, including one of both their faces, were included in the notice of intent to sue, according to the Times.

As per the terms of the deal, Bennett, now 22, transferred the photograph and its copyright to Argento, now 42.

Three people familiar with the case said the documents were authentic, the Times reported. In the letter, Ms. Goldberg explained that California law does not allow nondisclosure agreements in civil contracts involving the types of allegations made by Bennett.


Representatives for Argento could not be immediately reached. "Our commonality is the shared pain of being assaulted by Harvey Weinstein", she tweeted. According to The New York Times, the two have kept in touch based on social media posts in 2013. The two continued to refer to each other as mother and son in the years that followed.

After Sunday evening's publication of the Times story about Argento, Rose McGowan, a fellow actor and another Weinstein accuser who has also been an outspoken activist of the #MeToo movement, said her "heart is broken".

Bennett, the article revealed, described the experience as "sexual battery" which was so traumatic that it hindered his work and income in the following years.


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