Hollywood Scandals: Argento, Asia–Investigated for Alleged Sexual Abuse???

Actress and director Asia Argento is not currently being investigated for the alleged sexual abuse of Jimmy Bennett but detectives will reach out to Bennett about his claim, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson confirmed.

The New York Times reported on Sunday that Argento had agreed to pay Bennett $380,000 to settle claims that she had sex with him at a Marina del Rey hotel when he was 17.

A spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Department said the agency first learned of the allegation from the Times report, and would try to contact Bennett.

“There’s no investigation at this point,” said Deputy Kimberly Alexander. “They’re going to exhaust all avenues since the information has come to light, but it’s not under investigation at this time.”

Argento was one of the key early accusers of Harvey Weinstein. She also gave a speech at the Cannes Film Festival in May, in which she put other abusers on notice that a reckoning was coming.