Asia Argento has released a statement, through her lawyer, noting that she will stop paying her accuser Jimmy Bennett the $380k arranged by her ex, the late Anthony Bourdain.
“Her relationship with Bennett was never sexual, but rather the relationship was a long distance friendship over many years,” said Argento’s lawyer Mark Jay Heller who continues to dey reports that Argento had a sexual relationship with Bennett when he was 17.
The statement admitted that Argento’s late ex, CNN’s Bourdain, entered a $380,000 agreement with Bennett to protect Argento. But, “Now that Mr. Bourdain has passed away and is not able to comment on his desire to avoid potential scandal … Asia will not permit any portion of the balance of the $380,000 payment to be paid to Bennett who has already received $250,000 from Anthony Bourdain.”
The statement continued: “Asia’s courage to originally make the accusations against Harvey Weinstein has not waned … Phase Two of the #metoo movement dictates that the voice of a victim, even one with a history that may be in question, should be heard and she is hopeful that in the Court of Public Opinion it will ultimately be determined that Asia never initiated an inappropriate sexual contact with a minor, but rather she was attacked by Bennett and might even be suffering the fallback of a smear campaign by those already accused who may have a vested interest in their accusers being denied credibility.”
This comes one day after reports surfaced that CNN has pulled new episodes of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown that feature actress.