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Asia Argento Claims Anthony Bourdain Paid Off Her Accuser

Asia Argento Claims Anthony Bourdain Paid Off Her Accuser

Can we finally address pedophilia in Hollywood and male victims of sexual assault?

On Sunday, the #MeToo movement received a shock when a report dropped that claimed Asia Argento, one its prominent members, allegedly sexually abused a 17-year-old male and paid him off.

Argento not only denies the assault, but she has thrown her former boyfriend Anthony Bourdain under the bus and insists he paid off the accuser. Yeah, the same Bourdain that took his own life this year and is not here to defend himself.

The New York Times reported on Sunday that after Argento accused Harvey Weinstein of raping her, she paid off her accuser:

But in the months that followed her revelations about Mr. Weinstein last October, Ms. Argento quietly arranged to pay $380,000 to her own accuser: Jimmy Bennett, a young actor and rock musician who said she had sexually assaulted him in a California hotel room years earlier, when he was only two months past his 17th birthday. She was 37. The age of consent in California is 18.

That claim and the subsequent arrangement for payments are laid out in documents between lawyers for Ms. Argento and Mr. Bennett, a former child actor who once played her son in a movie.

The documents, which were sent to The New York Times through encrypted email by an unidentified party, include a selfie dated May 9, 2013, of the two lying in bed. As part of the agreement, Mr. Bennett, who is now 22, gave the photograph and its copyright to Ms. Argento, now 42. Three people familiar with the case said the documents were authentic.

It’s sickening that Argento sticks this on her dead boyfriend, the man who until his dying breath defended her and became a loud male voice to female victims of Hollywood predators.

Could she be telling the truth? Yes. I can see why rich people would pay off someone, even if it’s a lie, because it makes them go away.

But if Argento’s lying and she did sexually abuse Bennett, this could have a powerful effect on the whole #MeToo movement because a lot of attention has been placed on female victims. Now we have an opportunity to bring attention to the pedophilia that runs rampant in Hollywood and male victims as well.

My friend Kira Davis asked at RedState why we in America have ignored pedophilia for so long. She wrote:

Why? Why does it seem like so many people are so willing to ignore pedophilia, which is easily the most grotesque violation of another human being that can be imagined? Why is it so easy to find information on Hollywood’s “open secret” of child abuse and yet so difficult to expose the evil? Why are we so keen to give voice to the women of #MeToo (to the point where we are qualifying bad dates as sexual harassment) but not completely outraged that none of those “do-gooders” in Tinsel Town have dared to step forward and speak up for the children who have been used and abused?

I have been thinking about this ever since I researched and wrote an article about alleged abuse issues at Nickelodeon. Why has this “open secret” been allowed to collect more victims for decades and decades? Why aren’t we collectively screaming bloody murder over this? Alyssa Milano will organize a protest against the NRA in a heartbeat but is silent on the abuses happening in her own industry – abuses she, as a former child actor, is most certainly aware of and may have even experienced herself.

It’s time to lift the veil and expose the pedophilia that exists in Hollywood. Former child star Corey Feldman has tried many times to bring attention to the issue, but has only met resistance.

I’ve often said I won’t be happy until famous director Bryan Singer faces justice and shunned from Hollywood. That man has numerous allegations against him, even hosting parties where older men can prey on younger boys.

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Almost every man I know who is honest has a story of some older man coming on to them while they were underage. As a 14 year old busboy, one of the waiters who I carpooled with tried to get me drunk and take advantage of me. As a youth, I just quit my job and never told anyone.

    Tom Servo in reply to MattMusson. | August 21, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    I’m honest, and it didn’t happen to me. But then my parents were quite careful about who they associated with, and who we as kids were allowed to associate with.

Just like when the Clinton Administration blamed Vince Foster for the hiring of Craig Livingston. Blame the Dead Guy…

Truth isn’t truth. Any questions?

As long as the abused persons are male, there won’t be any real excitement. Men, whatever their age, are expected to shut up and take it, whatever it is, and no matter who’s doing it to them.

This isn’t just a feminist aberration.

Only CNN show I ever liked. That guy would eat almost anything.

theduchessofkitty | August 21, 2018 at 1:58 pm

Blame it on the dead guy. Unbelievable.

Asia Argento disgusts me.

    That was my first thought exactly. And it’s made doubly worse because, as one of the UK papers tracked down and published, the ultimate insult that probably pushed an (admittedly deeply depressed) Bourdain into killing himself was when she promised to spend a week with him in some rustic villa/hotel in the French countryside, where he was shooting something, but after the first night she took off back for Rome, leaving him alone. And to make it worse, she then posted photos on Instagram of herself kissing the hunky 26 year old gigolo she was partying with in Rome, while she had promised to be with Bourdain.

    Not a stretch to imagine that Bourdain realized that he was always going to be the pathetic older man paying all the bills and being cucked by his hot girlfriend and her hot young Italian boyfriends, for the rest of his life, and he decided that wasn’t worth sticking around for.

      Pessimist in reply to Tom Servo. | August 21, 2018 at 3:22 pm

      Shit, that’s a sad story.
      Tru-ish, true, or truth?

      Geologist in reply to Tom Servo. | August 21, 2018 at 9:41 pm

      “His hot girlfriend”? Tom, one of us needs new glasses, and I just had my annual exam last month.

      To a 17 year old boy, who would have sex with a tree if he could find the hole, maybe she’d be hot, but come on!

That new hashtag meme #WalkAway has more than just one application.

I have discovered that every time I try to juggle dog turds, I end up feeling dirty and defiled….which disgusts me. I don’t need to abuse myself by trying to justify degree’s of evil amongst other adults…I have enough of my own evil to deal with.

I said the above to say this: Hollywood sucks, conversely the reason Hollywood sucks is because of the people who inhabit and work there, they suck. Thankfully, I still live in America and not some giant state wide homeless camp where people poop on the sidelwalks shamelessly.

Enough toilet philosophy for today. Lightening could strike this woman and leave a puddle of grease on the ground and I don’t know anyone who cares….starting with me.

“Why? Why does it seem like so many people are so willing to ignore pedophilia, which is easily the most grotesque violation of another human being that can be imagined”
I read a story some place about a woman investigating a Bill Clinton pedophile incident “died” in her sleep after contacting and interviewing a male victim. The victim was young at the time of the incident and I think the woman was a former cop maybe FBI. Can’t remember where I saw it.

    Walker Evans in reply to olhardhead. | August 22, 2018 at 2:23 am

    An amazing number of people – more than three dozen – have died just after discovering something unpleasant about the Klinton Krime Klan. And of course there were the “suicides” like Vincent Foster. Amazing coincidences.

I hate to pick nits but this was not pedophilia. Pedophilia is a desire to have sex with prepubescent children. A 37-year-old woman wanting to have sex with a 17-year-old man might make her a predator, or not, but she would not be a pedophile.

    Geologist in reply to floridaman. | August 21, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    I find it very hard to believe that a 17 year old guy is being abused when an older woman hits on him. I remember being a 17 year old guy!!! The only distress would have been when she got tired of dealing with the immature 17 year old.

      Kepha H in reply to Geologist. | August 22, 2018 at 7:48 am

      Geologist, I agree with you. I was once a 17-year-old lad, and have two grown sons who were once 17-year-olds, too!

I am all for exposing pedos in Hollywood and anywhere else, but you could be misplacing your outrage in this specific case.

I understand why everyone’s troubled–and I’m on the same page. However, there are some other angles which make me wonder if the time is way too late to deal with the issue of underage sex.

It bothers me all the more because I work in a school system that has recently suffered a real pedophilia scandal (sexual abuse of prepubescent children). Yet, as a high school teacher, I see that my students, who are either going through or have reached puberty, are bombarded with messages both subtle and blatant that they need to explore their sexuality, whatever it is; and that a gender identity (whatever it is) is the only thing set in stone, trumping even morality itself.

How do we dare to be surprised when wealthy and powerful people, teachers, clergy, or celebrities sexually exploit adolescents; or even younger children? And, if I consider the 17-year-old whom Ms. Argento supposedly “exploited”, I wonder if he may be boasting about his “conquest” to his peers?

I am an atavistic person who truly believes that the place for sex is in monogamous, heterosexual marriage. Yet, when I see the way our whole society seems to be going, I have to admit that even though I am a grandfather with health problems, I will live to see the day when someone like Asia Argento will be hailed as one who “initiated” a young man; and that the priests who are imprisoned for the abuse of teenaged boys will emerge from prison weeping about how a “Puritan culture” destroyed the “beautiful thing” they had with those youths and have the MSM clucking sympathetically, and perhaps find themselves hailed as “brave sexual pioneers” rather than criminals.

    Kepha H in reply to Kepha H. | August 21, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    While I’m at it, I fear that our present-day culture is doing no more than inventing more and more ways to hurt and damage people.

Close The Fed | August 21, 2018 at 4:38 pm

Some of the problem is that at the time abuse happens, particularly with very young children, they’re so naive, they don’t know that they can tell anyone, or if they think they could tell someone, WHO they could that they could trust.

It’s a frightening thing when you TELL someone you’re being abused, and they turn around to tell the abuser you’re ratting ’em out. If they’re very young, they might be told it’s “normal” and temporarily believe it.

Because being severely abused as a child creates guilt, shame, fear, etc., it’s not unusual for someone not to tell anyone until they’re 40 or 50 years old. Then the statute of limitations has run, no one believes them, it’s hard to prove facts that old, etc. Abuse of children is one of the hardest crimes to catch and prosecute.

Hollywood has been put on a pedestal in our culture for most of my lifetime. It will be difficult for many in our country to come to grips with the fact that some of the most revered members of the Hollywood club are some of the worst offenders. Most mega stars / directors / producers have public relation teams whose primary goal to is make sure these kinds of storied never see the light of day. Only a few have been offered up as a diversionary tactic to draw attention away from the many that remain concealed.