“As published within the textual content messages printed through TMZ, Asia said, ‘The sexy child jumped me … I had intercourse with him it felt bizarre.’ She went directly to relate that she become ‘frozen’ when he used to be on best of her and instructed her that she have been his sexual fable since he used to be 12 years previous,” Argento’s lawyer, Mark Heller, wrote in a commentary Wednesday. “Asia selected on the time to not prosecute Bennett for sexually attacking her.”
Argento’s lawyer claims that even if Argento’s former boyfriend, Anthony Bourdain, paid Bennett $250,000 as a part of the agreement, Argento would no longer be making additional bills.
“It used to be inaccurately published $380,000 agreement have been paid through Asia to Bennett in an try to preclude Bennett shape making any allegations in opposition to Asia which might indubitably create the influence that Asia used to be answerable for the alleged incident,” the commentary persevered. “Bourdain selected to offer protection to Asia’s and his popularity and to pay Bennett and allowed Bennett to extract bills from him … now that Mr. Bourdain has passed on to the great beyond and isn’t in a position to touch upon his want to steer clear of doable scandal which ended in his facilitating fee to Bennett, Asia won’t allow any portion of the steadiness of the $380,000 fee to be paid to Bennett who has already gained $250,000 from Anthony Bourdain.”
Bourdain, whose collection “Portions Unknown” airs on CNN, died through suicide in June.
On the time, Bennett issued a commentary to CNN thru his lawyer, Gordon Ok. Sattro.
“I didn’t to begin with talk out about my tale as a result of I selected to take care of it in non-public with the one that wronged me. My trauma resurfaced as she got here out as a sufferer herself,” Bennett’s commentary learn partially. “I used to be underage when the development came about, and I attempted to hunt justice in some way that made sense to me on the time as a result of I used to be no longer able to care for the ramifications of my tale turning into public. On the time I assumed there used to be nonetheless a stigma to being within the state of affairs as a male in our society.”
CNN has contacted the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Division for remark. Ultimate week, a spokesperson for the dep. instructed CNN that investigators are concerned with talking with Bennett about his allegations in opposition to Argento however have been not able to succeed in him.
Bennett’s lawyer used to be no longer right away to be had for remark.
CNN’s Lisa France, Paul Vercammen and Sara Sidner contributed to this tale.