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Italian actress Asia Argento denies sexual assault

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By Mark Armstrong
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Italian actress Asia Argento denies sexual assault

Italian actress Asia Argento has denied an accusation of sexual assault by actor Jimmy Bennett.

The leading member of the #MeToo movement claims her partner Anthony Bourdain only made a payment of 380,000 dollars to Bennett last October to help him through financial problems.

Argento said "I am deeply shocked and hurt by having read news that is absolutely false. I have never had any sexual relationship with Bennett"

The claim first appeared in the New York Times on Monday. Bennett says he was 17 when it happened in a hotel room in Southern California in 2013.

Argento was one of the first to speak out about producer Harvey Weinstein, who's now accused her of a "stunning level of hypocrisy."