Jimmy Bennett has spoken. Asia Argento’s alleged sexual abuse victim has released a statement that backs up The New York Times’s bombshell report Sunday that he and Argento had sex when he was a minor and that he received a $380,000 settlement from her. The basic claims of the parties are now known, but the fallout is just beginning.
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Bennett speaks: Bennett kept silent for a few days after The New York Times broke the Argento story, but issued a statement to The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday. “I did not initially speak out about my story because I chose to handle it in private with the person who wronged me," he said. "My trauma resurfaced as she came out as a victim herself. I have not made a public statement in the past days and hours because I was ashamed and afraid to be part of the public narrative."