Actress Asia Argento denies sexual relationship with accuser

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Of whether the developments in Argento's case might call into question the validity of other Weinstein accusers, Brafman said, "Well, I know for certain that other Weinstein accusers will be outed, if you will, as not having told the truth based on the investigation we have done to date.Mr. Weinstein, I think, will acknowledge that there were times in the course of his life when he may have acted inappropriately". After giving him alcohol, Argento kissed him and performed oral sex on him before the two had sexual intercourse, the report said.

Asia Argento was one of the most vocal opposers of Harvey Weinstein, and also one of the first women to come out and admit that the disgraced movie producer sexually assaulted her.

Argento said the $380,000 payment was made by her late boyfriend Anthony Bourdain, the television star chef.

Bennett was 17 at the time of the alleged assault - a year younger than California's age of consent.

The "New York Times" reported that the Italian actress had paid Jimmy Bennett $380,000 over the 2013 incident at a Los Angeles hotel. Bennett played Argento's son in the 2004 film The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, when Bennett was 7-years old.

McGowan has gained stature as a victims' advocate in the year since the Weinstein allegations first broke in the New York Times and New Yorker last October.

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McGowan and Argento have been among the most prominent women to come forward with allegations of rape against now-disgraced film titan Harvey Weinstein, who is facing criminal charges in NY unrelated to McGowan or Argento. Anthony was afraid of the possible negative publicity that such person, whom he considered unsafe, could have brought upon us.

Bennett, now 22, "does not wish to comment on the documents or the events" at this time, according to a statement from his lawyer.

"After becoming aware of the allegations, the LASD's Special Victims Bureau is attempting to reach out to the reported victim and/or his representatives in an effort to appropriately document any potential criminal allegations".

Attorney Benjamin Brafman, seen at left with his client Harvey Weinstein in May, issued a statement that blasted Argento, among the most outspoken accusers of the former film mogul.

Actor/director Asia Argento attends the 2018 Women In The World Summit at Lincoln Center in New York City on April 12, 2018. Weinstein's lawyers have said their relationship was consensual.

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