Jimmy Bennett speaks out.
As we reported, Asia Argento paid the actor off after he accused her of sexual assault in a California hotel room two months after he turned 17.
Photo: Asia Shares Pic Taken A Week Before Bourdain’s Suicide
Although the actress denies the allegations, alleged leaked text messages say otherwise. She also says the settlement was arranged by her late boyfriend Anthony Bourdain.
On Wednesday, the now-22-year-old No Ordinary Family star released a statement to the New York Times where he addresses the scandal.
The former child star says he was hesitant to speak out because he “was ashamed and afraid to be part of the public narrative.” However, he “would like to move past this event” and “to move forward, no longer in silence.”
Read his full statement (below):
“Many brave women and men have spoken out about their own experiences during the #metoo movement, and I appreciate the bravery that it took for each and every one of them to take such a stand. I did not initially speak out about my story because I chose to handle it in private with the person who wronged me. My trauma resurfaced as she came out as a victim herself. I have not made a public statement in the past days and hours because I was ashamed and afraid to be part of the public narrative. I was underage when the event took place, and I tried to seek justice in a way that made sense to me at the time because I was not ready to deal with the ramifications of my story becoming public. At the time I believed there was still a stigma to being in the situation as a male in our society. I didn’t think that people would understand the event that took place from the eyes of a teenage boy. I have had to overcome many adversities in my life, and this is another that I will deal with, in time. I would like to move past this event in my life, and today I choose to move forward, no longer in silence.”
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