Harvey Weinstein Responds To Asia Argento Report: ‘This Development Reveals A Stunning Level Of Hypocrisy’
Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer responded Monday to a report in the New York Times that alleged Asia Argento paid off her own sexual assault accuser.
“This development reveals a stunning level of hypocrisy by Asia Argento, one of the most vocal catalysts who sought to destroy Harvey Weinstein,” the disgraced movie mogul’s attorney Benjamin Brafman told Fox News. (RELATED: #MeToo Leader Allegedly Paid Off A Man She Sexually Assaulted)
“What is perhaps most egregious, is the timing, which suggests that at the very same time Argento was working on her own secret settlement for the alleged sexual abuse of a minor, she was positioning herself at the forefront of those condemning Mr. Weinstein, despite the fact that her sexual relationship with Mr. Weinstein was between two consenting adults which lasted for more than four years,” he added.
Brafman continued, “The sheer duplicity of her conduct is quite extraordinary and should demonstrate to everyone how poorly the allegations against Mr. Weinstein were actually vetted and accordingly, cause all of us to pause and allow due process to prevail, not condemnation by fundamental dishonesty.”
The comments came following a report Sunday in the Times that alleged Argento — who accused Weinstein last October of forcibly performing oral sex on her in 1997 — reportedly paid $380,000 to actor Jimmy Bennett in exchange for him agreeing not to sue her over allegedly sexually assaulting him when he was 17 years old in 2013. She was 37 at the time. Bennett originally asked for $3.5 million in damages for lost wages, emotional distress, battery and assault.
Argento was just one of the women who came out in October and accused the disgraced movie mogul of a variety of sexual misconduct allegations detailed in The New York Times and The New Yorker. Their stories sparked the social media #MeToo campaign.