U.S. #MeToo Italian actress and director Asia Argento—a founder figure of the #MeToo movement after becoming one of the first actresses to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault—paid off a former child actor when he accused her of sexual misconduct, according to documents obtained by the New York Times. Musician Jimmy Bennett alleged that Argento, 42, assaulted him in 2013, when he was 17 years old, at a hotel in California. The state’s age of consent is 18. Last November, a month after Argento publicly accused Weinstein, Bennett’s lawyers told her that their client was intending to sue for $3.5 million for assault, battery, lost wages and emotional distress. Bennett claimed that the assault—which occurred after he acted as her son in 2004’s The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things—led to his income dropping from $2.7 million to $60,000 The documents revealed that Argento paid Jimmy Bennett $380,000 over a year and a … [Read more...] about Who is Jimmy Bennett? Former Child Actor Who Accused #MeToo Advocate Asia Argento of Sexual Misconduct
New York Times reports that Italian actress Asia Argento recently settled a complaint filed against her by a young actor and musician who said she sexually assaulted him when he was 17. Argento is one of the most prominent activists of the #MeToo movement. The Times says that Argento, 42, settled the notice of intent to sue by Jimmy Bennett, who is now 22, for $380,000 shortly after she said last October that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein raped her. Bennett says in the notice that he had sex with Argento in a California hotel in 2013. The age of consent in California is 18. Chief investigative reporter Jonathan Dienst reports looks back at the timeline of events that led to Harvey Weinstein's undoing, after the disgraced film mogul handed himself over to police to face rape charges Friday. (Published Friday, May 25, 2018) The Times says it received court documents that have been authenticated by three people familiar with the case. Representatives for Argento could not be … [Read more...] about MeToo Activist Asia Argento Settled Own Sexual Assault Suit
WOMEN 08/19/2018 07:50 pm ET With CBS chief Les Moonves, the Me Too movement is facing a critical test of its strength. By Emily Peck It’s been more than three weeks since The New Yorker published Ronan Farrow’s damning article on Les Moonves, the longtime chief executive of CBS. The allegations were horrifying: The 68-year-old groped and grabbed at women in professional settings. He “lodged” his tongue down one prominent actress’ throat. He put his hand up producer Christine Peters skirt at a 2006 meeting, where she had planned to pitch films with a female-friendly spin. He pinned actress Illeana Douglas down on a couch, kissing and thrusting against her. When he was rebuffed, the women said, Moonves threatened their careers, kicking Douglas off the TV show she was working on. Peters never got any work. The alleged sexual assault and harassment would be enough for a lawsuit under federal anti-discrimination laws, though the incidents … [Read more...] about Les Moonves, The Most Powerful CEO To Face #MeToo, Is Winning. So Far.
Sometime over the weekend, a moviegoer at the Deer Valley Cinema in Antioch, California, forked over $9 to sit in an otherwise empty theater - unwittingly becoming a solitary, popcorn-chomping symbol of just how forcefully the .MeToo movement has rocked Hollywood, and one actor in particular.That actor is Kevin Spacey, a two-time Oscar winner, whose last movie, "Baby Driver," raked in $20.5 million on its opening day.His latest movie, "Billionaire Boys Club," brought in a career-low opening day total for the actor, according to the Hollywood Reporter:$126.In between those two releases, more than a dozen men have accused Spacey of groping, fondling, or sexually assaulting them or making unwanted advances, a list full of people with their own IMDB pages who say Spacey’s bad behavior goes back decades.The accusations started in October when actor Anthony Rapp said Spacey made sexual advances toward him in 1985. The two knew each other from Broadway work, and Rapp told BuzzFeed that, … [Read more...] about After .MeToo, Kevin Spacey movie Billionaire Boys Club’ earns $126 on opening day
By Julia Prodis Sulek | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group August 19, 2018 at 8:00 am Like many Catholics, Michelle Marks hoped the church’s sex abuse scandal that exploded in the early 2000s was over. “Then, boom, another shocker,” she said Friday, stepping inside the Santa Clara Mission on a tour with her sixth-grade daughter. As Catholics return to Mass on Sunday — or don’t — many are questioning the atonement of the church hierarchy after a disturbing grand jury report in Pennsylvania revealed that, over seven decades, some 300 priests molested more than 1,000 children and few were held accountable. Now, many parishioners are wondering whether — like the movement that toppled the powerful of Hollywood and beyond — the Catholic Church could finally face its own “#MeToo” moment? “I don’t mean to be a bad Catholic,” said Marks, visiting from San Diego, “but it rattles your … [Read more...] about Could this be the Catholic Church’s #MeToo moment?