MeToo leader strongly denies sexual assault of a minor

MeToo leader strongly denies sexual assault of a minor

Argento said she was "deeply shocked and hurt by having read news that is absolutely false", referring to a report in the New York Times detailing the settlement and Bennett's allegation that the Italian actress-director sexually assaulted him in 2013, when he was a teenager.

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In the statement, Argento alleged that Bennett "unexpectedly made an exorbitant request of money" which was handled privately by her late partner, the chef Antony Bourdain.

In the state of California, it is considered statutory rape if an adult has sex with someone under the age of 18, regardless of whether the act was consensual or whether the minor initiated the act. Additionally, he claims that Argento paid him $380,000 over multiple installments to keep quiet about the alleged assault, according to documents obtained by The New York Times. The paper also obtained a photograph dated May 9, 2013 that showed the two lying in a bed together.

Argento says that she was linked to Bennett "during several years by friendship only".

As for the text exchanges allegedly between her and one of her friends, the actress discusses the backlash from the New York Times story about her and Bennett that ran Sunday, along with sharing a picture of a love note she claims he wrote.

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Argento has now released a statement denying the sexual assault allegation. "Anthony was afraid of the possible negative publicity that such person, whom he considered unsafe, could have brought upon us", she said.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, the police agency for Marina del Rey, said Monday there has been no report filed but detectives are aware of the reports and are looking into the matter.

"He started massaging my shoulders, which made me very uncomfortable, and then tried to get more physical, sort of chasing me around", she said, and explained she left the room. Anthony was afraid of the possible negative publicity that such a person, whom he considered risky, could have brought upon us", she claimed, further maintaining that, "We made a decision to deal compassionately with Bennett's demand for help and give it to him. "Anthony personally undertook to help Bennett economically, upon the condition that we would no longer suffer any further intrusions in our life".

The article went on to claim that Argento paid Bennett $380,000 after his lawyers threatened to sue the actress for sexual assault.

Argento's attorney did respond to TMZ's request to comment.

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