In a messy debacle clouding the #MeToo movement’s most notable figure, Asia Argento, the story gets more complex.
A couple weeks ago Argento was accused of sexually assaulting a minor by the name of Jimmy Bennett. It is on record her then boyfriend Anthony Bourdain paid him almost $400,000 to keep quiet about the allegation.
After denying she ever had sexual relations with Bennet, texts were exposed showing a dialogue between Argento and her friend Rose McGowan. Those messages suggested that she did in fact have sex with Bennett.
Wednesday Argento’s lawyer,Mark Jay Heller, made a statement to TMZ claiming Bennet not only sexually assaulted Argento but he extorted her as well. In her texts to McGowan, she wrote, “I had sex with him it felt weird. I didn’t know he was a minor until the shakedown letter. . . . The horny kid jumped me.”
Heller says Argento chose not to make criminal complaints about the alleged attack. This is quite conflicting with Argento’s platform as a leader in the #MeToo movement. Also, these allegations of sexual assault are quite the turn around from he denying any sexual encounter ever happened.
As inconsistencies in Argento’s statements and actions are brought to light her credibility in this case is suffering major blows.Facebook contests by Rewards Fuel