Asia Argento has said she did not have sex with then 17-year-old Jimmy Bennett, despite a photo and various text messages between Argento and a friend which tell a very different story.
In one of 4 photos Bennett, now 22, took in a Marina del Rey hotel room back in 2013, the then 37-year-old Argento and Bennett are on a bed shirtless, their heads on a pillow and their arms entangled in what sources tell TMZ was a pic taken after the 2 had intercourse.
It’s a crime in California for an adult to have sex with a person under 18.
Bennett later threatened legal action and, in April, Argento settled with him for $380,000 … which her boyfriend, the late Anthony Bourdain, said.
Argento released a statement Tuesday, saying, “I have never had any sexual relationship with Bennett.”
Above are partial text exchanges between Argento and one of her friends. Argento’s messages are in grey … her friend’s are in blue on the alleged sexual encounter.
Argento says Bennett wrote this note (above) on Ritz-Carlton stationary — the hotel where they hooked up — and said, “Asia, I love you with all my heart. So glad we met again and I’m so glad your in my life. Jimmy.”
She texts her friend the note, saying, “He wrote me this afterwards and kept sending me unsolicited nudes all these years up until 2 weeks before the attorneys letter.
“it wasn’t raped (sic) but I was frozen. He was on top of me. After, he told me I had been his sexual fantasy since was 12.”
Argento accused disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein of rape and is one of the first women in the #MeToo movement.
The L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. is reaching out to Bennett on a possible criminal prosecution.