MeToo activist reportedly paid off her own accuser

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Italian actress Asia Argento grabbed the spotlight when she became one of the first women to speak out against Harvey Weinstein's sexual transgressions.

Rose McGowan says she is heartbroken over reports that MeToo activist Asia Argento allegedly paid off a sexual assault accuser. Argento told the magazine that she continued to have a relationship with Weinstein because she was afraid of angering him.

The notice of intent also had photos that show Bennett and Argento in bed, their unclothed torsos exposed, according to New York Times.

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 fearless survivor", following the death of her boyfriend, celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, in June.

According to documents obtained by the New York Times, the Italian actress agreed a financial settlement with Jimmy Bennett, a 22-year-old young actor and musician who claimed she sexually assaulted him when he was 17. The Times story claims the documents were sent via encrypted email by an unidentified third party-Bennett declined comment, and it's unclear whether he wanted this story leaked. (Food writer Kim Severson presumably received the docs due to Argento's status as Anthony Bourdain's girlfriend before his suicide.) Bennett claimed that Argento (who played his mother in a 2004 film while he was 7 years old) requested to be alone with him in a hotel room during a 2013 reunion.

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Bennett's lawyers sent a letter of intent to sue Argento shortly after the actress' allegations of rape against Weinstein were made public in The New Yorker's exposé published last October.

Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by dozens of women, has been indicted on sex crime charges involving three women. The Hollywood producer has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.

McGowan, 44, spearheaded the campaign to get justice for Weinstein's alleged victims after going public with her claims that he that had raped her at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997. My heart is broken.

"None of us know the truth of the situation and I'm sure more will be revealed. I will continue my work on behalf of victims everywhere".

According to the notice, Argento and Bennett agreed to the $380,000 paying which will be done over the course of a year and a half with an initial payment of $200,000 made in April.

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