Mira Sorvino, one of the women who spearheaded the #MeToo
Movement, has spoken out about the recent allegation that
Italian actress Asia Argento sexually assaulted a young male
actor and secretly paid him off.
On Wednesday morning, Sorvino, one of the dozens of women to
accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, took to Twitter to
express her reaction to the Argento news after returning from
"several weeks abroad."
"I have been heartsick over the recent allegations against Asia
Argento. Time will clarify things and perhaps she will be
exonerated, but if true, there is no lens that makes it better,"
Sorvino's statement read. "Child sexual assault is a heinous
crime and is against all that I and the #MeToo movement stands
for. I remain dedicated in the fight for all victims and change
the culture that encourages the abuse of power in sexual
Ashley Judd, left, and Mira Sorvino arrive at the Oscars on
Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
(Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Ashley Judd, another #MeToo spear-header and Mira Sorvino at the
2018 Academy Awards. (AP)
She added that she hopes "it is not true."
On Sunday, The New York Times published an article claiming that
Argento had set up a sexual encounter with 17-year-old actor,
Jimmy Bennet, back in 2013. A relationship between the 37-year-
old actress and the young actor would be considered illegal in
the state of California where the age of consent for the state
The article went on to claim that Argento paid Bennett $380,000
after his lawyers threatened to sue the actress for sexual
assault. The paper also obtained a photograph dated May 9, 2013
that showed the two lying in a bed together.
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Since the news of the scandal broke, Argento, who like Sorvino,
was one of the first women to speak out about her sexual assault
experience with Weinstein, denied the claims in a statement
released on Tuesday.
In the statement, the actress said that she was linked to
Bennett by “friendship only” which ended when he made “an
exorbitant request of money” amid financial problems. Argento
said her then-boyfriend, late celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain,
decided to pay Bennett.
“Antony [sic] insisted the matter be handled privately and this
was also what Bennett wanted. Anthony was afraid of the possible
negative publicity that such person, whom he considered
dangerous, could have brought upon us,” she said. “We decided to
deal compassionately with Bennett’s demand for help and give it
to him. Anthony personally undertook to help Bennett
economically, upon the condition that we would no longer suffer
any further intrusions in our life.”
Despite denying she engaged in a sexual relationship with the 17-
year-old actor, TMZ obtained texts and screenshots that showed
Argento appearing to admit to a friend that she and Bennet did