Asia Argento denies sexually assaulting underage teen

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In an essay written for The Wrap, Milano writes: 'When the story broke that actress Asia Argento, one of Harvey Weinstein's victims, settled with her own sexual assault accuser, I knew that attempts to invalidate the #MeToo movement were imminent'.

Argento issued a statement to deny the allegations on Tuesday, saying she was "deeply shocked and hurt having read the news that is absolutely false".

"I have never had any sexual relationship with Bennett", Argento said.

She accused Weinstein of forcing oral sex on her in 1997, but did admit to having had "consensual sexual relations with [Weinstein] multiple times over the course of the next five years" after the alleged assault, although she described the meetings as "one-sided and 'onanistic'".

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"I had sex with him it felt weird".

When asked how she didn't know his age since they had previously worked together, the actress purportedly wrote that the age of consent is 15 in France and her native Italy (it is 14), as opposed to 18 in California.

Bennett was 7 when he co-starred with Argento in 2004's "The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things" - a film she acted in, co-wrote, and directed. The allegations painted a story of a lustful Argento, who gave a 17-year-old Bennett a few drinks and proceeded to take advantage of him in 2013. TMZ reports that they obtained text messages that are allegedly sent from Argento to an unnamed friend, which show a conversation in which the person whose messages are in grey, allegedly Argento, confesses to sleeping with someone underage; TMZ reports that it's Bennett.

Argento has now released a statement denying the sexual assault allegation.

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In another message she said: "it wasn't raped (sic) but I was frozen". Child sexual assault is a heinous crime and is against all that I and the MeToo movement stands for. She says it was Bourdain who paid Bennett to stop him from harassing her.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, the police agency for Marina del Rey, said Monday there has been no report filed but detectives are aware of the reports and are looking into the matter. Argento claims the $380,000 payment was Bourdain's idea.

Argento's attorney did respond to TMZ's request to comment.

Argento said in her statement that Bennett had "unexpectedly made an exorbitant request of money" to her following her media exposure in the accusations of sexual misconduct against movie producer Harvey Weinstein. Anthony was afraid of the possible negative publicity that such a person, whom he considered unsafe, could have brought upon us.

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