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Leaked Photos Show Asia Argento in Bed With Underaged Accuser, Actress Admits to Sexual Encounter in Texts

One day after issuing a strongly-worded denial on the sexual assault claims against her, photos and text messages were published which show actress and director Asia Argento in bed with her underaged accuser and admitting to a sexual encounter with the 17 year-old.

As part of a report published Wednesday, TMZ obtained texts from Argento to a friend in the wake of the New York Times story which detailed the assault claims of actor Jimmy Bennett, and the $380,000 he was paid to keep quiet. In the texts, Argento wrote, “I had sex with him it felt weird. I didn’t know he was a minor until the shakedown letter.”

Additionally, the lead photo of the TMZ story shows Argento and Bennett in bed together.

In her statement of denial on Tuesday, Argento claimed she never had an encounter with Bennett.

“I have never had any sexual relationship with Bennett,” Argento said.

In a subsequent text published by TMZ, Argento wrote, “The public knows nothing, only what NYT wrote. Which is one sided. The shakedown letter. The horny kid jumped me.”

Argento added in a later text message that she did not believe the encounter was rape.

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