One of the leaders of the global #MeToo movement, Asia Argento, has vehemently denied having sex with then underage actor Jimmy Bennett, but a photo of the pair in bed and leaked text messages between Argento and a close confidant tell another story – one where she explicitly says they had sex.

TMZ reports:

This is one of 4 photos Bennett, now 22, took in a Marina del Rey hotel room back in 2013. The then 37-year-old Argento and Bennett are on a bed shirtless, their heads on a pillow and their arms entangled. Sources tell TMZ the pic was taken after the 2 had intercourse. It’s a crime in California for an adult to have sex with a person under 18.

Bennett later threatened legal action and, in April, Argento settled with him for $380,000 … which her boyfriend, Anthony Bourdain, paid.

Argento released a statement Tuesday, saying, “I have never had any sexual relationship with Bennett.”

Above are partial text exchanges between Argento and one of her friends. Argento and the friend went back and forth in the midst of the backlash from the New York Times story that ran Sunday about her and Bennett. Argento’s messages are in grey … her friend’s are in blue.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will determine if the evidence is sufficient for a criminal investigation 

Read all the texts at TMZ.

Read more at American Action News

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