Asia Argento says she didn't have intercourse with then 17-year-old Jimmy Bennett, however a photograph and different instant messages amongst Argento and a companion recount an altogether different story ... she level out says she engaged in sexual relations with him. This is one of 4 photographs Bennett, now 22, took in a Marina del Rey lodging room in 2013. The then 37-year-old Argento and Bennett are on a bed shirtless, their heads on a cushion and their arms caught. Sources reveal to TMZ the pic was taken after the 2 engaged in sexual relations. It's a wrongdoing in California for a grown-up to engage in sexual relations with a man under 18.
Bennett later debilitated legitimate activity and, in April, Argento settled with him for $380,000 ... which her beau, Anthony Bourdain, paid. Argento discharged an announcement Tuesday, saying, "I have never had any sexual association with Bennett." Above are halfway content trades amongst Argento and one of her companions. Argento and the companion returned and forward amidst the reaction from the New York Times story that ran Sunday about her and Bennett. Argento's messages are in dark ... her companion's are in blue. Argento says Bennett composed this note (above) on Ritz-Carlton stationary - the inn where they snared - and stated, "Asia, I cherish you with my entire existence. So happy we met again and I'm so happy your in my life. Jimmy." She messages her companion the note, saying, "He thought of me this a short time later and continued sending me spontaneous nudes every one of these years up until 2 weeks before the lawyers letter.
She proceeds to state ... "it wasn't assaulted (sic) yet I was solidified. He was over me. After, he revealed to me I had been his sexual dream since was 12."
Argento has blamed Harvey Weinstein for assault and is one of the main ladies to approach in the #MeToo development. Weinstein's legal counselor, Ben Brafman, lashed out prior in the week, saying, "This improvement uncovers a dazzling level of pietism by Asia Argento, a standout amongst the most vocal impetuses who looked to pulverize Harvey Weinstein."
As we announced, the L.A. District Sheriff's Dept. is connecting with Bennett to decide whether a criminal examination is justified.
We connected with Argento's legal advisor ... up until now, no word back.