Asia Argento, ex girlfriend of the late Anthony Bourdain, seems to be getting the side-eye amidst rumors she has paid off a sexual assault accuser. This comes as a plot twist seeing how she has been such a vocal advocate for the #TimesUp #MeToo movements.
New York Times acknowledged legal documents which show a payment in 2013 from Bourdain to Jimmy Bennett, a former child star. Bennet accused Asia Argento of sexually assaulting him when he was only 17 years old. Argento was 37 at the time.
The payment was made at approximately the same time Argento spoke out against Harvey Weinstein. She was one of the first of over 60 women to speak out against the movie mogul. She claims Weinstein raped her when she was 21 years old.
Argento has denied these allegations that she ever sexually assaulted Bennet.
With these accusations on the table critics have begun to question the integrity of the #MeToo movement. Although Argento maintains her innocence, she is still being deemed a hypocrite. Until this media tailspin she was very vocal about the importance of taking sexual assault accusers seriously.
In this video she can be seen speaking agains sex abusers at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.
Now that she’s in the hot seat Argento chooses to dismiss all claims against her rather than advocate for people to take her accuser’s claims seriously.Free contest software by Rewards Fuel