In October of past year, The New Yorker published allegations by Argento that Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her in 1997. She allegedly provided Bennett with alcohol, kissed him, performed oral sex, and then climbed on top of him and had intercourse with him.
Later that day she posted a close-up of their faces on Instagram with the caption, "Happiest day of my life reunion with @jimmymbennett xox", and added that "jimmy is going to be in my next movie and that is a fact, dig that jack".
In October 2017 they accused Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, which precipitated his rapid downfall and became the staple of the #MeToo movement, where women come out with their stories of sexual assault, often at the hands of similarly powerful men. On that day, Bennett was reportedly driven by a family member to meet Argento, who asked the family member to leave to she could spend time alone with the young actor. She was 37. The age of consent in California is 18. As he was driven home, according to his claim, he began to feel "extremely confused, mortified, and disgusted".
Argento also declined to comment on the Times' report prior to its publishing.
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The claim and the following arrangement for payments are laid out in documents between lawyers for Argento and Bennett, who once played her son in 2004's The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things. The email correspondence included a photo of Argento and her accuser taken on the date in question, and the New York Times reportedly spoke to three sources familiar with the situation who verified the authenticity of the documents. A woman who answered the phone at Goldberg's office on 17 August said the lawyer would not be available to discuss this article.
But for Bennett, the 2013 hotel-room encounter was a betrayal that precipitated a spiral of emotional problems, according to the documents.
Mr. Bennett made more than $2.7 million in the five years before the 2013 meeting with Ms. Argento, but his income has since dropped to an average of $60,000 a year, which he attributes to the trauma that followed the sexual encounter with Ms. Argento, his lawyer wrote.