Bennett's lawyer stated in files obtained by the New York Times that his client chose to take the case because "feelings about that day were brought to the forefront recently when Ms. Argento took the spotlight as one of the many victims of Harvey Weinstein".
His notice of intent to sue sought US$3.5 million in damages for "intentional infliction of emotional distress, lost wages, assault and battery", the paper said.
The newspaper said it received court documents that included a selfie of Argento and Bennett in bed. Bennett claims Argento gave him alcohol before proceeding to kiss him and perform oral sex before having intercourse with him. "Our commonality is the shared pain of being assaulted by Harvey Weinstein", McGowan tweeted on Monday. My heart is broken. The Times wrote that the alleged assault happened months past Bennett's 17th birthday in a California hotel room.
The legal age of consent in the U.S. state of California is 18. "I will continue my work on behalf of victims everywhere".
According to the New York Times, the 42-year-old struck a $380,000 deal with Jimmy Bennett, who was said to have been 17-years-old when Argento reportedly sexually assaulted him in a California hotel room.
The Times insisted that Argento's reps did not respond to requests for comment leading up to the story's publication on Sunday.
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Disgraced former Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein is denying he admitted to The Spectator that he offered acting jobs to women in exchange for sex.
McGowan, 44, spearheaded the campaign to get justice for Weinstein's alleged victims after going public with her claims that he that had raped her at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997.
A report in the United States has alleged that the actress Asia Argento made a settlement of $380,000 with an actor who alleged that she had sexually assaulted him when he was 17.
Argento's lawyer Carrie Goldberg had written a letter to the actor with regard to the payment of the settlement money and described the same as "helping Mr. Bennett".
Detailing the encounter in her memoir fearless she wrote: 'I felt so dirty.