Italian actress Asia Argento attends the Italian TV LA7 program " Non e' l'Arena ", in Rome, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. (Riccardo Antimiani/ANSA via AP)

Italian actress Asia Argento, one of the main accusers of the deposed producer Harvey Weinstein, admitted Sunday that he had sex with Jimmy Bennett, a young actor who accuses him of sexual assault.

During a television show in Italy, Asia Argento, who had initially denied any sexual relations with the young man, has long looked back at his relationship with Jimmy Bennett. 

The actress, who had known him and accompanied a child, saw him again in May 2013, when he was 17 years old and she was 37. According to the September 24 account of the actor and singer of American rock, now aged 22 years old, Asia Argento had kissed him for a long time. Then she “tilted me on the bed and took off my pants,” he said, referring to a “complete sexual intercourse”. 

Asia Argento strongly denied this version, saying that the young man had asked her to help him prepare for an audition, as she did when he was a child.

“He started kissing me and touching me, but not as a mother and child as I saw him, but as a boy with unchained hormones … And that froze me”, a- she recounted. 

“For him, I was a hunting trophy”
“He literally jumped on me (…) He was on me, and he enjoyed … I did not feel anything, I did not react because for me all this was unthinkable, “added the actress. “He told me it was a fantasy he had since the age of 12. For him, I was a hunting trophy,” she said. 

In the months that followed, she claims to have received via the Snapchat platform intimate videos of him. She does not did not break the bridges because the young man was “hurting” him. 

But this winter, the young man asked him for $ 3.5 million to keep quiet. In the show, Asia Argento shared messages exchanged with his companion Anthony Bourdain, a successful chef and television host who died today, who would have paid for peace. 

Bourdain would have paid 250,000 dollars. Then after his suicide in June, Asia Argento suspended the payments. “What hurt me the most is being pedophile,” said the actress, deeply moved.

Daughter of Italian director Dario Argento, Asia Argento has become an important spokesperson for women victims of violence in the film industry after having been raped at the age of 21 by producer Harvey Weinstein in his hotel room during the festival. Cannes in 1997.