The daughter of famous horror film director, Dario Argento, actress Asia Argento, whom was very outspoken about being raped by Harvey Weinstein at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997, is now currently embroiled in the exposé of her very own sexual battery scandal of a minor. Seemingly in a bitter twist of irony, this sex scandal of which Asia Argento is the instigator, comes as news today only two months and roughly ten days since the mysterious suicide of her then boyfriend, Anthony Bourdain.
Indeed, the revelation of Asia Argento’s creepy close relationship with a boy named Jimmy Bennett goes as far back as to when Jimmy was a very young child on her film production. We’re only now getting to hear about this after the news broke that she paid $380,000 to him after he accused her of sexual battery and statutory rape when he was a teenager.
The motion to sue Asia Argento arrived in November of 2017, from the former child star Jimmy Bennett, who recounted his experience in a California hotel room, when she was 37 years old and he was 17 years old. According to the story he gave, sexual activity ensued, but since the age of consent in California is 18 years old, this hints at their very strange relationship years prior.
However, this was not the first time that Asia Argento met Jimmy Bennett, since Asia played Jimmy’s mom in the 2004 film, ‘The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things’ when Jimmy was just 7 years old. Asia Argento directed and starred in the film, and presumably had a hand in casting Jimmy Bennett as her son. Since then, it had sparked a relationship where Asia would refer to Jimmy as her “son”, which is sweet in hindsight, but could something untoward have been going on behind the scenes over the years?
Well known occultist and Satan worshipper, Asia Argento, grew up in an exceptionally weird household, but taking on a motherly love for Jimmy Bennett seemed to surpass her role as “Sarah”, the boy’s mother in the movie. Her and Jimmy Bennett remained close friends as he was growing up, but she hadn’t seen him for some years, according to some bizarre tweets from 2012 and 2013.
The original notice to sue from Jimmy Bennett, who was seeking money for damages, emotional distress, lost wages, as well as assault and battery to the tune of $3.5 million, was received by Asia Argento’s lawyer in November last year. However, Asia Argento settled Bennett’s claim out of court for $380,000 earlier this year, which signifies that the money was in fact received by Jimmy, and has quelled the situation to a “silence” for now. Today however, it’s all coming out, and Harvey Weinstein’s upcoming trial is likely to have something to do with it, as he starts to discredit his accusers. Perhaps rightly so.
The intricate details of what happened on May 9th, 2013, in that hotel room in Marina Del Rey is now slowly starting to come out, with social media posts between the pair evidencing a strange relationship as Jimmy began to grow older. A full twenty years his senior, Asia Argento fondly spoke of Jimmy throughout the years, on Twitter and Instagram, suggesting a bit of a weird relationship.
As Jimmy grew up over the years, Asia and him remained close, but it was in May 2013, in Marina Del Rey, California, that the official incident occurred which led to Bennett suing Argento five years later. Now, for some random Asia Argento tweets recounting her strange love for the boy.
Asia shows a motherly bond with the teen, sending that tweet when he was sixteen years old, hinting that he should only work on her productions. Perhaps there may be some signs of guilt underlying these tweets?
Asia Argento says she had to leave Los Angeles and didn’t have time to see Jimmy in 2012 during her trip, where he was in the near vicinity. But, onto the next tweet now…
In a quite bizarre message, she laments that she regrets missing all his birthdays throughout the years, which is quite strange seeing as she was playing his mother in the 2004 film mant years earlier, in which they both co-starred. Now for the Instagram posts on the day that she was finally to meet Jimmy Bennett in Marina Del Rey in May of 2013 in that hotel room. Brace yourself, this is going to get even more weird…
It was at this hotel meeting where Asia Argento lured Jimmy to her room, sent his chaperone away, plied him with alcohol, and shared love letters with him before kissing him passionately.
Shortly after that photo, Asia then pushed Jimmy onto the bed at The Ritz Carlton Hotel, where she performed oral sex on him, before climbing on top of him and having sex with him. This was the version of events in the notice to sue Argento sent by Bennett’s lawyer in November of 2017. Next came an equally disturbing Instagram post on the same day after the incident had already taken place. Just take a look at the comments section in the next photo.
One now wonders just what sort of relationship Asia Argento may have had with this boy, that she always called her “son” since he was only 7 years old. As Bennett’s notice to sue proved, in being paid £380k by Argento and with the pictures to prove it, as well as comments that call her a “child rapist”, it could also indicate that Asia was potentially behaving inappropriately with the child many years prior. Why else the posts of her guilt of not seeing him and other strange social media posts indicate a weird fake mother and son relationship? It almost feels like it’s signs of the abuser and the abused…
The sexual incident in May of 2013 was described by Bennett’s lawyers as “sexual battery”, which left Jimmy traumatized, and affected his acting career. Jimmy is now 22 years old, and it was The New York Times who first obtained the documents of the notice to sue Asia Argento over sexual battery. This came to the newspaper via an anonymous encrypted email, which was also sent to Anthony Bourdain’s lawyer.
Coincidentally, Anthony Bourdain and Asia Argento shared the same lawyer (Richard Hofstetter) at the time, so it’s highly likely that Bourdain also came to learn of Asia’s strange relationship with the boy whilst he was still underage all those years ago.
So, with the hush money paid out of court, it does seem strange that it is all coming out now, and that we are only just learning about this inappropriate relationship between a woman who once directed the boy in a film when he was 7 years old. Asia Argento has been vocal about being raped by Harvey Weinstein at Cannes, but it would seem that she performed statutory rape in California many years later herself.
Let’s take a moment to think of the potential hypocrisy, and far worse, after Asia Argento had publicly named and shamed Harvey Weinstein for raping her, when it’s beginning to seem that many of Weinstein’s accusers’ personal backgrounds show similar types of predatory sexual behaviours themselves.
Indeed, many of Weinstein’s accusers are now being exposed in the circus of the #MeToo movement, for perhaps becoming upset with Harvey after they were all in a friendly, flirty or quid quo pro romance, in order to secure film roles from the former and very influential Miramax and Weinstein Company producer.
Doesn’t it all seem a little weird? However, one thing is for sure, and that is that some people in the film industry utilise the power structures in the business to acquire sex, and often times, even child stars and vulnerable teens become involved in the mix, as is suggested by Jimmy Bennett’s experience with Asia Argento.
We could go on and delve deeper, but there seems to be a lot of mystery, cover ups and fall guys, perhaps covering up for even more sinister things that have happened in Hollywood over the years. However, in this instance, there’s a correlation between Asia Argento and a suspect relationship with a young boy, that strikes us all as might odd, to say the least…
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