Prominent #MeToo activists and feminist Asia Argento has been accused of sexual assault according to documents received by the New York Times. The accusation is that she gave alcohol and engaged in acts with a then minor.
Argento was one of the first prominent women to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault. #MeToo activist and friend of Argento, Rose McGowan said she was heartbroken and call people to "Be gentle" about the accusations.
“I got to know Asia Argento ten months ago,” McGowan wrote in a tweet. “Our commonality is the shared pain of being assaulted by Harvey Weinstein. My heart is broken. I will continue my work on behalf of victims everywhere.”
McGowan later added, "None of us know the truth of the situation and I’m sure more will be revealed. Be gentle."
In October, McGowan tweeted out that "Every 98 secs someone is sexually assaulted in USA, majority are women. BELIEVE US."
The New York Times reported, citing court documents, that the actress and former girlfriend of the late Anthony Bourdain paid roughly $380,000 to Bennett after he confronted her. In the documents, Bennett sought to sue Argento for an alleged encounter at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Marina del Rey, Calif., on May 9, 2013.
Fox News normally does not name alleged victims of sexual assault, but in this case a basic description of the facts makes Bennett easily identifiable.
Bennett arrived with a family member but Argento reportedly sent the family member away so she could be alone with him. At that time, Bennett claimed she showed him notes she had previously written to him and gave him alcohol. She then kissed him, pushed him back on the bed, performed oral sex on him and then the two had intercourse, the newspaper reported.
The documents also came with photos, reportedly taken by Bennett, of the two in bed together at the time.
On the day of the alleged assault, the actress posted a series of photos on Instagram of the two of them together. The first was captioned, “Waiting for my long lost son my love @jimmymbennett in trepidation #Marinadelrey smoking cigarettes like there was no next week.”
Bennett himself responded, “I’m almost there! :)”
Bennett’s lawyers filed the paperwork in November 2017, just a month after Argento was quoted in the bombshell New Yorker article that claimed Weinstein was a serial sexual predator. She accused the movie mogul of rape, but Weinstein has denied all accusations of non-consensual sex.