Asia Argento Compares Encounter With Accuser to Harvey Weinstein Rape

Actress now says said Jimmy Bennett "crawled on top of her."

Asia Argento
Italian actress Asia Argento gestures on stage on May 19, 2018 during the closing ceremony of the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. (VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

One week after Asia Argento’s accuser, Jimmy Bennett, told a live Italian television audience that the actress had raped him, Argento told her version of events on the same popular Sunday night program.

The Daily Beast reports that Argento had previously denied having sex with Bennett in California when he was 17, though she has admitted that she and her boyfriend, the late Anthony Bourdain, had paid Bennett some $380,000 for his silence in 2018.

But on the Sunday night telecast of, Non e l’Arena (“Outside the Arena”), Argento did admit to having sex with Bennett, but compared the encounter to being raped by Harvey Weinstein.

According to The Daily Beast, Argento explained that she “froze” when Bennett literally “crawled on top of me.”

Argento told host Massimo Giletti that they met at the hotel and she told Bennett that they could do a movie together. The two hugged.

“He began to kiss me and touch me in a way that was not like a child with his mother, but like a boy with crazy hormones,” she said, according to The Daily Beast. “He said he had a sexual attraction for me, and hearing this from him made me freeze. I did not expect it.”

Argento says that Bennett pushed her on the bed, not the other way around, as Bennett has claimed.

“He literally jumped on me,” she said, according to The Daily Beast. “He undressed me, put me sideways on the bed, climbed onto me and had complete sex without even using a condom. I was cold and still. Then he told me that I was his sexual desire since he was 12 years old.”

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