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

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The two actors met when Bennet, then 7, was cast as Argento's son in a 2004 movie.

According to the New York Times, the 42-year-old struck a $380,000 deal with Jimmy Bennett, who was said to have been 17-years-old when Argento reportedly sexually assaulted him in a California hotel room.

Rose McGowan, an actress and another Weinstein accuser who wrote an open letter on Argento's behalf in June after the death of Argento's partner Anthony Bourdain, tweeted on Monday: "I got to know Asia Argento ten months ago". In court documents, a selfie with the two lying in bed was included.

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According to the NYT, Argento has declined to comment to the newspaper.

This story is still developing.

That actor, Jimmy Bennett, was 17 at the time, and he viewed Argento as a mother figure.

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Bennett's lawyers had characterized the hotel encounter as a "sexual battery" that traumatized the former child actor, threatening his mental health and income. The Italian actress agreed to pay him $380,000.

The notice claims that Bennett arrived at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey to meet Argento in her hotel room on 10 May 2013, with a family member. ET Canada also reached out to Argento's rep for further comments.

After coming forward with their claims about Weinstein, Argento and McGowan became friends and each other's supporters, with the former Charmed star writing an open letter demanding online trolls stop attacking the actress, who she once described as a "remarkable human and courageous survivor", following the death of her boyfriend, celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, in June. "You are a powerful and inspiring creator and it is a miserable condition of life that you live among shitty individuals who've preyed on both your strengths and your weaknesses".

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In November 2017, a month after Argento came forward with her own accusations of assault against Weinstein, Bennett sent Argento a notice of intent to sue. In an October New Yorker piece by Ronan Farrow, she accused Weinstein of forcing oral sex on her in 1997. Rather than fully distancing herself from Argento however, vocal activist McGowan also suggests watchers "be gentle" as "the truth of the situation" surrounding Argento is not yet known.

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