Me Too awareness campaign was first started by Tarana Burke an American African woman in 2006. An Italian actress, singer, model, and director ‘Asia Argento’ further sparked the #MeToo movement on social media in 2017 when she shared that she was sexually assaulted by Harvey Weinstein in 1997. She was the first woman among many to come out who were victimized by Harvey Weinstein. Although Weinstein denied all six felony charges and claimed the years long relation with Argento was consensual. He was later free after bail of 1 million dollars.
Nearly a year later Jimmy Bennett, a 22-year-old actor and musician accuse Asia Argento the movement carrier herself sexually assaulted Jimmy when he was 17 years old.
In november 2017 a month after Argento publicly shamed Harvey Weinstein, Jimmy Bennett threatened to sue Argento over the assault. As a solution Asia Argento paid $380,000, to Jimmy Bennett. Asia Argento did not demand a non-disclosure agreement signed by Jimmy Bennett as she herself is opposed to such agreements as an advocate to the movement.
A statement was sent to journalist Yasir Ali by Asia Argento that states: ”I strongly deny and oppose the contents of the New York Times article dated 20 August 2018, as circulated also in national and international news,” read her statement. “I am deeply shocked and hurt by having read news that is absolutely false. I have never had any sexual relationship with Bennett.” “I was linked to him during several years by friendship only, which ended when, subsequent to my exposure in the Weinstein case, Bennett — who was then undergoing severe economic problems and who had previously undertaken legal actions against his own family requesting millions in damages — unexpectedly made an exorbitant request of money from me. Bennett knew my boyfriend, Anthony Bourdain, was a man of great perceived wealth and had his own reputation as a beloved public figure to protect.”
Further in an agreement letter by lawyer Ms. Goldberg states that ‘Jimmy Bennett can no longer demand money or sue Asia Argento over this matter. He has hand over the two photos along with copyrights, hence the photos can’t be posted by him at all. The california law does not allow non disclosure agreements in such allegations and Argento as well decided against the non disclosure for core reason of her public message regarding such agreements. Therefore, Bennett may/could theoretically tell people his claims against you’
Asia Argento nor Jimmy Bennett has directly commented on the matter. The opinions about the future ineffectiveness of me too movement were poured in. However, associating the whole movement with one person alone would be the greatest set back for globe. It is a mere example that men and women both can be victim of assault and it is important to consider facts and figures from both parties.