Asia Argento accused Jimmy Bennett of sexually assaulting her, weeks after the actor accused the actress by the same allegations.
The Land of the Dead star, 42, accused the Daddy Day Care star, 22, of assault releasing a statement by her attorney Mark Heller; he posted it on his website on Wednesday, September 5.
In the statement, Mark says his client “is hopeful” that “it will ultimately be determined that Argento never initiated an inappropriate sexual contact but she was attacked by the Evan Almighty star.
He further added that Argento might even be suffering the fallback of those accusations made by Bennett against her.
This new allegation comes statement comes shortly after Bennett accused Argento of assaulting him in 2013 when he was 17. According to The New York Times, the Misunderstood actress allegedly paid the actor $380,000 in exchange for silence.
However, Argento, who is spearheading the #MeToo movement after accusing film producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault in October 2017, denies the allegations made against her.
She told the publication on August 21, "I am deeply shocked and hurt having read the news that is absolutely false. I have never had any sexual relationship with Bennett."
One day later, in a statement to Us Weekly, the actor addressed the ordeal.
He said at the time,
Many brave women and men have spoken out about their own experiences during the #MeToo movement and I appreciate the bravery that it took for each and every one of them to the a stand. I did not initially speak out about my story because I chose to handle it in private with the person who wronged me. My trauma resurfaced as she came out as a victim herself.
Bennett is yet to comment on the new allegation Argento made against him.
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