The troubling case of Asia Argento, Jimmy Bennett and the #MeToo movement:

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 The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is in the early stages of an investigation into allegations that actress Asia Argento ually abused child actor Jimmy Bennett at a Marina del Rey hotel in 2013.    But like so many ual abuse allegations in Hollywood over the last year, this case is playing out in the media and the court of public opinion.  Advertisement    Law enforcement authorities from Los Angeles to London have investigated dozens of allegations against Hollywood figures including Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and others.    The Argento case, however, is unique because she was one of the leading figures calling out others in Hollywood for alleged wrongdoing.   “It’s a man-bites-dog story, and it’s an anomaly in a serious and profound movement forward,” said Davia Temin, a crisis manager who does research on the #MeToo movement. “It shows that the story gets more complicated.”  Asia Argento (Getty Images)    Argento emerged as a powerful figure in the #MeToo movement in fall 2017 after telling the New Yorker that during the Cannes Film Festival in 1997, Weinstein invited her to his hotel suite, came out in a bathrobe and ually assaulted her. At this year’s festival, she delivered a bold speech about the alleged experience.    “In 1997, I was raped by Harvey Weinstein — here at Cannes. I was 21 years old. This festival was his hunting ground,” she said in remarks that drew loud cheers and applause.    On Sunday, the New York Times reported that Bennett was paid a $380,000 settlement after he accused Argento of ually assaulting him in a Marina del Rey hotel room when he was 17. In California, the age of consent is 18.    The newspaper reported that the settlement, paid in installments, secured the copyright for photos Bennett took during the alleged incident.    On the day of the alleged incident, Argento posted a photo on Instagram showing her hugging Bennett, referring to him as “My son, my love,” and included the month and year.    Q: Where is the case now?    Sheriff’s Department officials said they are trying to reach out to all parties in the case.    No complaint was filed at the time by Bennett, which is usually the first step in a criminal investigation.    But the department said it would examine the matter anyway.    Legal experts have said the alleged incident would fall within the statute of limitations for ual assault. Some of the allegations in the #MeToo movement were not prosecuted because they fell outside the statute.    As of Wednesday, it was unclear if detectives had interviewed either Bennett or Argento. Attorneys declined to comment.  Advertisement    New details have emerged all week, including photos of Argento and Bennett together.    Q: What does Argento say?    Argento admitted to the settlement but insisted she did nothing wrong.    “I am deeply shocked and hurt by having read news that is absolutely false. I have never had any ual relationship with Bennett,” Argento said in a statement 
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