Asia Argento fired from 'X Factor Italy' amid sexual abuse allegations

Asia Argento who shot into the headlines for accusing disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of rape paid Jimmy Bennett hush money after he claimed that she sexually assaulted him in a California hotel room in 2013

Italian director and actress Asia Argento has been fired from her spot as a judge on X Factor Italy, per Variety, following the recent uncovering of sexual assault allegations against her dating back to 2013.

For those unaware, actor Jimmy Bennett, who starred in Asia's movie The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things when he was seven years old, has claimed Asia sexually assaulted him after he turned 17. Argento has admitted the payout, which she said was made by her former boyfriend, the late Anthony Bourdain, but denied she had sex with Bennett.

Reps for Argento and Bennett did no longer at the moment reply to PEOPLE's count on for commentary. Anyone can be be better- I hope you can be, too.

Speaking about Argento, she said the Italian actress was being "hurled under a bus" and "punished and vilified" after she herself came under fire.

"I was with Asia to comfort and support her", McGowan wrote.

In her statement, McGowan described Argento as someone who had been a friend whom she had "loved" - all in the past tense. "Asia was a person who understood my trauma in a way that many others didn't".

'We were able to talk through them together and champion each other's voices. We even got matching dot tattoos! However, they are yet to issue an official statement.

News of Argento's firing comes shortly after she denied allegations from Bennett that she paid him $380,000 to keep quiet about an alleged sexual encounter they had while he was underage in California, where the legal age of consent is 18.

In the lengthy press release, McGowan insists she "wasted no time" in supporting Rain's decision to take the information to police, even though she knew it would be a knock to the #MeToo campaign.

"At the time I believed there was still a stigma to being in the situation as a male in our society", he added.

'It wasn't hard to say or support, ' Rose said. "What was hard was the shell shock of the realisation that everything the MeToo movement stood for was about to be in jeopardy".

Last week, TMZ published a series of text messages and a photo that seemed to undercut Argento's flat-out denial of the allegations.

Also on Wednesday, Bennett issued a statement insisting the sexual encounter didhappen, but said he was too traumatized to report it at the time, and that he made a decision to sue Argento for compensation in late 2017 after she accused Weinstein of rape and became a #MeToo global leader as a result.

"There absolutely should be no leeway or tolerance for sexual assault".

"We should remind everyone that Weinstein paid former Mossad agents to obtain information", she said.

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