On Tuesday, Argento denied having sex with Bennett, suggesting that Bennett had extorted Argento and her late-boyfriend, famed chef Anthony Bourdain. Argento claims the $380,000 payment was Bourdain's idea.
But TMZ published texts that seemingly counter Argento’s narrative. In one text Argento admits, “I had sex with him it felt weird. I didn't know he was a minor until the shakedown letter.” In another text she allegedly wrote, "It wasn't raped but I was frozen. He was on top of me. After, he told me I had been his sexual fantasy since was 12.”
In the state of California, it is considered statutory rape if an adult has sex with someone under the age of 18, regardless of whether the act was consensual or whether the minor initiated the act.
These texts seem to show Argento's admission to the crime. The authenticity of the texts still remains in question, but this new revelation does not look good for the #MeToo leader.
Asia Argento and 17-Year-Old Boy in Bed in Sexual Encounter https://t.co/y6EeKOdPT7— TMZ (@TMZ) August 22, 2018