#SheToo? Actress Argento, who accused Weinstein, paid her own accuser

Asia Argento speaks at the closing ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival this past May

"The Italian director and actress Asia Argento, a leading figure of the #MeToo movement, settled a complaint filed against her by a former child actor for sexual assault, according to a New York Times report".

The NYT piece that ran online late Sunday said Argento has arranged a deal to pay actor/musician Jimmy Bennett $380,000.

At the time of the alleged encounter, Bennett was 17 years old and Argento was 37 years old.

Bennett would not agree to be interviewed by the New York Times. The state's legal age of consent is 18.

Argento became one of the most well-known activists of the #MeToo movement after she told the New Yorker magazine that Weinstein raped her at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 when she was 21. (Note: A different photo of the two together, with Argento's arms wrapped around Bennett, can be viewed at NBC News.) According to the documents, Bennett then departed in a vehicle to his parents' home, and in the process, he felt "extremely confused, mortified, and disgusted". The documents were sent through encrypted email from an unidentified party. The incident was said to have taken place at a Ritz-Carlton hotel in Marina del Rey. Bennett once played Argento's son - when he was 7 - in the 2004 film The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things. On the morning of the assault, Argento posted on Instagram: "Waiting for my long lost son my love @jimmymbennett in trepidation #marinadelrey smoking cigarettes like there was no next week". She allegedly gave him alcohol to drink, showed him notes she had written to him on hotel stationery, allegedly kissed him, removed his trousers and performed oral sex. She allegedly kissed him, pushed him back on the bed and performed oral sex on him. The two then had intercourse before she asked him to take photos of them.

How much was he paid?

She reportedly silenced her victim by paying him $380,000.

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The first installment was made in April 2018, the New York Times said.

Bennett had initially asked for $3.5 million from Argento, according to the Times. His income had reportedly dropped to around $60,000 following their May 2013 meeting, which he attributed to the alleged trauma he suffered afterward.

Bennett's other film credits include 2003's "Daddy Day Care", "Firewall", "Evan Almighty" and "Star Trek".

Why did he come forward now?

Argento was one of many women who described harassment and assault by disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein. Both are Harvey Weinstein accusers, and McGowan publicly supported Argento following the suicide of Argento's boyfriend, Anthony Bourdain.

Bennett would not agree to an interview with the Times. "In the coming days", Sattro wrote, "Jimmy will continue doing what he has been doing over the past months and years, focusing on his music".

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