Asia Argento denies sexual assault of 17-year-old actor

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Italian star says $380,000 settlement was paid to Jimmy Bennett by her partner Anthony Bourdain to help with Bennett’s financial difficulties

Italian actor Asia Argento has denied allegations that she sexually assaulted actor Jimmy Bennett, saying that a settlement paid to him was made by her partner Anthony Bourdain in order to help alleviate Bennett’s “severe economic problems”.

The claims, which were first published by the New York Times on Monday, concern an alleged incident at a Southern California hotel in 2013, when Bennett was 17. According to the report, Argento had settled the notice of intent to sue filed by Bennett, who is now 22, for $380,000 last October.

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