Argento allegedly agreed to pay Jimmy Bennett almost $400,000 over claims that then-37-year-old actress sexually assaulted Bennett in a California hotel room more than five years ago.
After coming forward with their claims about Weinstein, Argento and McGowan became friends and each other's supporters, with the former Charmed star writing an open letter demanding online trolls stop attacking the actress, who she once described as a "remarkable human and fearless survivor", following the death of her boyfriend, celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, in June. He didn't threaten to sue her until after she was named in the Weinstein news cycle, in part because "his feelings about [the incident] were brought to the forefront recently when Ms. Argento took the spotlight as one of the many victims of Harvey Weinstein", according to the legal documents. Argento accused him of rape, going public with her story in The New Yorker in October. "Three people familiar with the case said the documents were authentic".
Bennett alleged in the docs that Argento kissed him before performing oral sex on him and engaging in intercourse at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey. He denies all allegations of non-consensual sex.
"I got to know Asia Argento ten months ago".
Argento gave a speech at the Cannes Film Festival in May during which she alleged she was raped by Weinstein in 1997 when she was 21. Rose McGowan, an actress and fellow Weinstein accuser, wrote on Twitter, "My heart is broken". Argento was one of the first women in Hollywood to publicly accuse Harvey Weinstein of assault. "I will continue my work on behalf of victims everywhere".
The publication said it had been attempting to reach Argento for comment since last Thursday with no success.
But most importantly, we know who you are. The two continued to refer to each other as mother and son in the years that followed.
"Jimmy's impression of this situation was that a mother-son relationship had blossomed from their experience on set together", Bennett's lawyer Gordon K. Sattro wrote in the documents, according to The Times.
Bennett was "extremely confused, mortified, and disgusted" after the incident, the notice said.
His notice of intent to sue, sent in November to lawyer Richard Hofstetter, was said to have asked Argento for $3.5 million in damages for the "intentional infliction of emotional distress, lost wages, assault and battery".