Asia Argento walked the runway at Paris’ Haute Couture week on Monday, in her first major outing since being accused of having underage sex with a former child actor.
The Italian actress, 43, made her way down the catwalk in a white minidress — which featured angelic, feathered wings and a long, dramatic train — as she took part in Antonio Grimaldi’s presentation for his Spring/Summer 2019 collection.
Her gown of choice featured an asymmetrical Bardot neckline and thigh-high hem at the front, allowing her to display her sizeable collection of tattoos as she strode in front of a selection of well-heeled guests at the show.
Asia — who maintained a steely gaze throughout — reemerged before applauding guests with designer Grimaldi, holding his hand as they walked the runway together before closing out the show.
Following the presentation, she took to her Instagram account to share other people’s snapshots and video footage of her time on the runway.
Her outing comes weeks after it was reported that former child actor Jimmy Bennett, who has publicly accused Asia of sexually assaulting him when he was 17 years old, has gone to ground without ever reporting the alleged crime to the police in Los Angeles as he promised to do months ago.
As TMZ first reported December 24, the 22-year-old Bennett has been laying low since late September, when he travelled to Rome for a live taping of an Italian talk show, during which he was mocked for claiming to have been forced into a sexual intercourse by Argento, then aged 37.
Officers with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office have reportedly made several attempts to contact Bennett about the incident, but to no avail.
Yet Bennett has continued posting messages on social media, most recently on December 14, when he shared a selfie showing himself looking disheveled while enjoying a massive breakfast of bacon, eggs and waffles.
Although in early September Bennett signaled his intention to file a sexual assault report against Argento and cooperate with the investigation, he has yet to follow through on his promise.
Argento, who has emerged as a vocal participant in the #MeToo movement after accusing Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexually assaulting her, has alleged that she was the real victim and ‘froze’ when Bennett ‘jumped’ on her.
In April, Argento agreed to pay Bennett a $380,000 settlement, which the actress’ then-boyfriend, celebrity chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain, financed before taking his own life.
The brunette actress played Bennett’s mother in the 2004 movie The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things.
They reconnected in 2013, when the Italian actress reached out to Bennett about a film project and invited him to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Marina Del Ray, California, for a meeting. bandar ceme terpercaya
A week after the bombshell interview, Argento appeared on the Italian talk show and offered a completely different version of events, claiming that she ‘froze’ when Bennett began to kiss her and touch her ‘in a way that was not that of a child with his mother, but that of a boy with crazy hormones.’
‘He literally jumped on me; he put me sideways across the bed. He did what he had to do. He didn’t use a condom. It lasted for two minutes. He had an orgasm.
‘I was cold, unable to move. Shocked, I asked him afterwards why he had done this, and he told me that I had been his sexual fantasy since he was 12 years old.’
She also compared the incident to her encounter with Weinstein.
‘I had not even defended myself in the meeting with Weinstein. I think it’s because of some childhood trauma.’
The revelation in August that Argento had sex with Bennett and then agreed to pay him $380,000 four years later after he threatened to go public with the story hit the actress and the #MeToo movement like a bomb.
Argento initially denied they had had sex. But when texts leaked two days later that showed her saying ‘He jumped me’, Argento said through an attorney that she was the victim, not Bennett.