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The #MeToo bombshell we didn’t see coming

21 August 2018

7:46 AM

21 August 2018

7:46 AM

Question: if life is as simple as black and white, men are oppressors, women are victims, wouldn’t all of life’s questions have been answered by now?

To all politicians who think securing the female vote is as simple as believing all women and backing their activist campaigns without question, it may be time to start re-thinking your strategy. Fast.

The Me Too movement has suffered another blow. An Italian actress and director who was one of the first to accuse Harvey Weinstein of assault is now at the centre of claims she made a deal with her own accuser.

Asia Argento first came forward with her allegations last October. Shortly after, it’s reported she arranged to pay $US380,000 to an actor who accused her.

Actor and musician Jimmy Bennett says Argento sexually assaulted him in a California hotel room years earlier.

She was 37.


Wait for it…

He had just turned 17.

It gets worse…

The age of consent in California is 18.

And…

He once played her son in a movie.

Legal documents were sent to The New York Times which outline arrangement for payments. A selfie of the two in bed together was also sent to the publication. It’s reported the agreement between the pair gave ownership of the photograph to Argento.

There’s now a notice of intent asking for $US3.5 million damages for emotional distress, lost wages, assault and battery.

Rose McGowan is a close friend of Asia Argento.

Argento had described Cannes Film Festival as Weinstein’s “hunting ground”. She posted a tweet that said, “For all the brave women who came forward denouncing their predators, and for all the brave women who will come forward in the future. We got the power.”

And now? At the time of writing, she had not yet responded to requests for comment.

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