Mira Sorvino is “heartsick” over the allegations Asia Argento sexually assaulted a young male actor and secretly paid him off.
Sorvino, like Argento, was one of the first women to go public with allegations of sexual misconduct by Harvey Weinstein last fall and both have since been vocal critics of the disgraced movie mogul as well as leaders in the global #MeToo movement exposing sexual harassment.
Sorvino posted a statement to her personal Twitter account on Tuesday, writing that she is “reeling from the recent news,” and said that “time will clarify things” but that if the allegations made by actor Jimmy Bennett against Argento are true then “there is no lens that makes it better.”
Sorvino tweeted: “Having just touched down from several weeks abroad, I am reeling from the recent news. Although hoping against hope that it is not true, here are my current thoughts”.
Her statement read: “I have been heartsick over the recent allegations against Asia Argento. Time will clarify things and perhaps she will be exonerated, but if true, there is no lens that makes it better. Child sexual assault is a heinous crime and is against all that I and the #MeToo movement stands for. I remain dedicated in the fight for all victims and change the culture that encourages the abuse of power in sexual relationships.”
According to a New York Times report published Sunday, Argento paid Bennett $380,000 in November after his lawyers had served the Italian actress with a notice to sue for sexual assault. The alleged assault occurred in a Californian hotel in 2013 when Bennett was just two months past his 17th birthday. The age of consent in California is 18.
Argento has vehemently denied the allegations, claiming the assault never happened. However, Argento did confirm a payment was made to Bennett by her then-boyfriend, the late Anthony Bourdain, so he would stop harassing them. “I am deeply shocked and hurt having read the news that is absolutely false,” she said in a statement. “I have never had any sexual relationship with Bennett.”
Sorvino is the latest high profile leader of the #MeToo movement to post a statement in the wake of the Argento allegations. On Monday, Rose McGowan distanced herself from Argento, tweeting that her “heart was broken” and that she would continue “continue my work on behalf of victims everywhere.”
Having just touched down from several weeks abroad, I am reeling from the recent news. Although hoping against hope that it is not true, here are my current thoughts: pic.twitter.com/8oOF3LmHLQ
— Mira Sorvino (@MiraSorvino) August 22, 2018
This article originally appeared in THR.com.