New York (US), Aug 20: Asia Argento became one of the leading figures of the ‘Me Too’ movement after she accused movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of raping her. A New York Times report, however, revealed that in the months following her revelations on Weinstein, the actress had settled a sexual assault case against herself by a young actor and musician Jimmy Bennett when he was 17. The age of consent in California is 18. Argento, then 37, had allegedly paid $380 thousand dollars to Bennett to settle the notice of intent to sue.Also Read - Anurag Kashyap, Taapsee Pannu Face I-T Raid: Twitter Memes Say Kangana Ranaut is Happiest Today

The Times said that it received documents that have been authenticated by three people who are familiar with the case. Last October, Bennett alleged that he was sexually assaulted by Argento at a California hotel room. The documents include a photograph of the two lying in bed. As part of the settlement, the musician handed over the copyrights of the photograph to Argento. Also Read - Court Acquits Priya Ramani in Defamation Case by MJ Akbar, Cites Ramayana: 'Reverence To Women Essential To Indian Ethos'

Argento did not reply to the messages that were sent to her in SMS and emails. Bennett also refused to answer the calls and messages. His lawyer Gordon K. Sattro later said, “In the coming days, Jimmy will continue doing what he has been doing over the past months and years, focusing on his music.” Also Read - Tanushree Dutta Says She's Proud of Kangana Ranaut For 'Fighting The Good Fight'

Earlier in August, a bankruptcy judge gave permission to the attorneys of disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein to include 40 emails from an anonymous rape accuser in a motion to dismiss his criminal case. Judge Mary Walrath allowed Weinstein’s lawyers to use the emails, provided that the alleged victim’s name and initials are not used in the motion.

Weinstein’s attorney, Benjamin Brafman, argued that the emails would show that Weinstein had a friendly, long-term relationship with the woman, lasting for four years after the alleged rape occurred in 2013, reports variety.com. Weinstein faces up to life in prison if convicted.