Asia Argento Removed from 'X Factor Italy'

Argento accuser Bennett speaks out over sex assault claims

Over the past week, the claims made by Jimmy Bennett - a former child actor who played Argento's son in "The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things" - have thrown the Italian actress's career into disarray. Over the weekend, word broke that Argento has been fired from her job as a judge on X Factor Italy.

Variety reports that Sky Italia and FremantleMedia Italia, who broadcast and produce the show, have chose to remove Argento from the live portion of the talent show, in spite of the fact that the already filmed audition episodes, in which Argento is present, will air when the new series starts on September 6.

The report details that Argento paid Bennett a $380,000 settlement in the matter.

Rose McGowan has cut ties with Asia Argento following allegations of sexual assault, which reportedly led to Argento being dropped as a judge on X Factor Italy. Though the producers and broadcaster of the show have not issued an official statement, per Variety, they had previously stated that if the allegations were proven true, they would discontinue future work with Argento. McGowan's initial response to Bennett's accusations, published in the New York Times on August 19, was to tweet her shock and hope that people would be "gentle" with Argento.

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But on Wednesday, a picture of her and Bennett in bed in 2013 was published, along with screen grabs of text messages allegedly sent between her and an unnamed friend in which she admits she had sex with Bennett.

"It's sad to lose a friend connection, but whats even more sad is what happened to Jimmy Bennet".

McGowan first responded to the news last week, writing that she was heartbroken and asking the public to "be gentle" until the truth was known.

"It wasn't hard to say or support", she writes.

She continued: 'There absolutely should be no leeway or tolerance for sexual assault. "It is the type of thing I fight against alongside so many".

Saying that women were being victimised for speaking out about abuse, the Hollyoaks star said "people have been sitting around dinner tables looking to find us complicit", according to The Sunday Times.

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