"It’s difficult to believe a woman can rape a man": Asia Argento's accuser Jimmy Bennett ridiculed on Italian television
The infamous Italian journalist Massimo Giletti claimed it was hard for him to believe that the act was not consensual and that Jimmy Bennett was truly raped by a woman
On his very first television interview after he accused Asia Argento of allegedly raping him when he was just 17, Jimmy Bennett was ridiculed in front of a live audience by infamous Italian journalist Massimo Giletti on his show, 'Non e l'Arena', which translates to 'Outside the Arena'. While Bennett gave out details about the incident which apparently took place back in 2013, Giletti appeared skeptical about the claim.
Bennett had earlier claimed that late Anthony Bourdain's girlfriend Argento, had sexually assaulted him back in 2013 at a Los Angeles hotel when he was just 17-years-old which is less than California's age of consent (18 years). Bennett claimed that although he was called to discuss a film project, Argento - who was 37 at the time - had offered him champagne the moment they were alone, following which she threw him on the bed and assaulted him.
The two first met when Bennett was just seven-years-old and had played her son in the 2004 film 'The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things'. Bennett had also taken to Instagram, to confess the incident.
Regarding the incident, a New York Times article stated that the woman, who was among the first to charge Harvey Weinstein with sexual allegations and was one of the pioneers of the #MeToo movement, had secretly paid around $38,000 to the young actor so that he would keep himself shut. However, Argento denied the claim, stating that she strongly opposed the contents of the article. "I strongly deny and oppose the contents of the New York Times article," Argento said in the statement. "I am deeply shocked and hurt by having read the news that is absolutely false. I have never had any sexual relationship with Bennett."
As things seem to have turned out, speaking out did not really help Bennett much to convey his case. During the interview, Bennett revealed, "She started kissing me longer and longer... and it started to feel to me that it was less of just a friendly thing and more of something she was trying to push or explore. It turned into her placing her hands on me and following that was when she pushed me onto the bed and took my pants off.” However, when Giletti enquired if the act was complete, Bennett did not deny, but said, "The power that she had over the situation made me feel powerless in a way."
Fans were pretty enraged by Giletti's treatment of Bennett's case:
However, Giletti seemed to have boomeranged Bennett's own confession at him when he mentioned that if an act was "complete" then it certainly was not rape. "It’s difficult to believe a woman can rape a man, an act of sex that is complete cannot be rape surely." Projecting the pictures of Bennett and Argento together in bed, Giletti further said, "I’m sorry, but you don’t seem upset, you don’t seem in this picture to be traumatized. You don’t look here like someone who was afraid.” Argento herself has stated that she was no more than just friends with Bennett, and revealed that Bourdain himself insisted upon handling the matter privately, and "personally undertook to help Bennett economically, upon the condition that we would no longer suffer any further intrusions in our life."