Asia Argento has released a statement denying the sexual assault claim made in a recent New York Times report.
On Sunday, the NYT reported that Italian actress Argento agreed to pay former child actor Jimmy Bennett $380,000, after he accused her of sexual battery in a notice of intent to sue sent by his attorney to Argento's in Nov. 2017, a month after Argento had come forward with an allegation of rape against Harvey Weinstein. Now, in a statement on Tuesday, Argento says she "strongly" denies and opposes the "contents of the New York Times article."
"I am deeply shocked and hurt by having read news that is absolutely false," she states. "I have never had any sexual relationship with Bennett."