Anthony Bourdain and Asia Argento attend the 2018 Women In The World Summit. (Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

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Asia Argento Stopping Hush Money Payments To Jimmy Bennett

Lawyer Mark Jay Heller denies reports Argento had a sexual relationship with Bennett.

Asia Argento has responded to actor Jimmy Bennett’s sexual assault claims in a lengthy statement through a new attorney, reports Page Six, who said that Argento is stopping payments to Bennett. Argento’s lawyer, Mark Jay Heller, denies reports that Argento had a sexual relationship with Bennett.

“Her relationship with Bennett was never sexual, but rather the relationship was a long distance friendship over many years,” he said in a statement, according to Page Six. 

The statement also acknowledges Argento’s late boyfriend, Anthony Bourdain. It says Bourdain entered a $380,000 agreement with Bennett to protect Argento. But, according to Page Six, Heller’s statement says, “Now that Mr. Bourdain has passed away and is not able to comment on his desire to avoid potential scandal … Asia will not permit any portion of the balance of the $380,000 payment to be paid to Bennett who has already received $250,000 from Anthony Bourdain.”

Bennett has accused Argento of sexually assaulting him when he was 17-years-old.

Read the full story at Page Six