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According to documents obtained by the New York Times, the Italian actress agreed a financial settlement with Jimmy Bennett, a 22-year-old young actor and musician who claimed she sexually assaulted him when he was 17. (The age of consent in California is 18.) The two had gotten to know each other almost ten years earlier, when Argento played Bennett's mother in the 2004 film The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things.

Earlier this year, Argento's boyfriend, celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, died by suicide.

As part of the settlement, Bennett forfeited the copyright to a selfie from May 9, 2013 of Bennett and Argento lying in bed.

This story is still developing.

A statement from Bennett's lawyer to NBC News said their client "does not wish to comment on the documents or the events discussed in the New York Times article this evening".

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Bennett's lawyers had characterized the hotel encounter as a "sexual battery" that traumatized the former child actor, threatening his mental health and income.

Also of note: While Argento's alleged conduct does indeed meet the definition of sexual assault, this is only because the age of consent in California is 18.

On the day of the alleged assault, Argento and Bennett met for a reunion at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey.

Argento's lawyer and agent have been contacted for comment.

Asia Argento has yet the comments on the allegations, while Jimmy Bennett has told U.S. media outlets that he doesn't wish to speak publicly about the incident.

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Since the Weinstein allegations became public, Argento has spoken out about sexual harassment both in Hollywood and her home country of Italy and given high-profile talks on the subject at Harvard University and at the Cannes film festival.

After the reports emerged online, the likes of Rose McGowan, who also accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct, took to Twitter to have their say. In it, Goldberg wrote: "We hope nothing like this ever happens to you again".

McGowan has gained stature as a victims' advocate in the year since the Weinstein allegations first broke in the New York Times and New Yorker last October.

In November 2017, a month after Argento came forward with her own accusations of assault against Weinstein, Bennett sent Argento a notice of intent to sue.

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