Asia Argento confesses she did have sex with underage boy in leaked texts: Report
Argento allegedly paid off Bennett after having sex with him at a hotel room, five years ago, when he was 17. So far, she has denied all claims.
A day after Asia Argento denied all sexual assault allegations filed against her, a screenshot of a private conversation allegedly between Asia and her friend has surfaced online.
The TMZ obtained conversation appears to show Asia confiding to a friend about the whole sexual assault allegation, and at one point she allegedly admits to having sex with Bennett. "I had sex with him it felt weird. I didn't know he was a minor until the shakedown letter," she had written.
Initially, the Italian actress had denied all claims of having gotten actor and musician Jimmy Bennet drunk before proceeding to have sex with him, back in 2013 when he was just 17. She had said that the $380,000 settlement that was paid Bennett, was done to alleviate his "severe economic problems."
As per TMZ, Bennett, who is 22 now, had taken a total of four photos back when his alleged sexual encounter had happened with Argento. One of the photos shows the then 37-year-old actress in bed with Bennett, naked and their arms entangled. Sources have spilled to the outlet that "the pic was taken after the 2 had intercourse. It's a crime in California for an adult to have sex with a person under 18."
Figure head of the #MeToo movement ASIA ARGENTO 37 THEN IN BED WITH 17-YEAR-OLD BOY IN SEXUAL ENCOUNTER in April, Argento settled with him for $380,000 in hush money ... which her boyfriend, Anthony Bourdain, paid. She still has her job..... pic.twitter.com/Sxy2Ds1XDA— 24/7 HipHop News (@BenjaminEnfield) August 22, 2018
That was about five years ago; flash forward to this year, in April, Argento's boyfriend - the late chef, Anthony Bourdain - had paid Bennett off with the chunky settlement. When New York Times first broke the story about the settlement, made to tone down the buzz that the sex scandal could have created, Argento had denied all claims.
This came off as shocking, considering Argento was one of the first people to have come forward and openly accused Harvey Weinstein last year when his disgraceful sex scandal broke out. However, Argento hasn't asked for an NDA on this sex scandal yet, but in her statement, she claimed: "I have never had any sexual relationship with Bennett."
Eh... ma che cosa?— Lily White-Lilyth (@LilywhiteLilyth) August 22, 2018
I tol you I NO HAV RAPE with that STUPIDO Jimmy Bennett -- that CRAZEE KID JUMPED ME!!!
ME INNOCENT, METOO FEMINIST -- and just lika that Rosa McGowan say, you musta BE GENTILE with me!
- Asia Argento pic.twitter.com/5AWCZUz10X
But text messages between Argento and her friend (above) would beg to differ. Partial bits of their conversation (Argento in grey, her friend in blue) reveals that she did, in fact, "had sex" with the then minor.
Another photo shows Argento claiming that Bennett wrote her a note on Ritz-Carlton stationary - aka the hotel where they allegedly hooked up. The note reads: "Asia, I love you with all my heart. So glad we met again and I'm so glad your in my life. Jimmy."
In her texts following that photo of the note, she writes to the friend: "He wrote me this afterward and kept sending me unsolicited nudes all these years up until 2 weeks before the attorneys letter." She adds: "It wasn't raped (sic) but I was frozen. He was on top of me. After, he told me I had been his sexual fantasy since was 12."
While it all seems pretty murky now that this information has been disclosed, Argento is yet to comment on the recent developments.