Asia Argento, Actress and Prominent #MeToo Activist, Paid Off Her Own Accuser With $380K: Report
Asia Argento, an actress and director at the center of the #MeToo movement, recently paid off a former child actor who said she sexually assaulted him in a Marina del Rey hotel room when he was 17, the New York Times reported Sunday.
Argento, 42, settled a notice of intent to sue from an actor, who in 2004 played her son in a film, for $380,000 in the months after she publicly accused Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexually assaulting her, the newspaper reported. In California, the age of consent is 18. He is now 22.
According to the Times, the alleged sexual assault on May 9, 2013, and the payment agreement that followed are laid out in documents between lawyers for Argento and the actor that the newspaper received through encrypted email from an unknown source. The New York Times report did not state that Argento admitted any wrongdoing. The newspaper cited three unnamed sources as confirming the authenticity of the documents.
On the day of the alleged assault, the pair met for a reunion at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey. They have referred to each other as mother and son on social media. Argento posted a photo on that day showing the two hugging, referring to him as “My son my love,” and included the month and year.
Read the full story at LATimes.com.