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One of the #MeToo accusers, Italian actress Asia Argento, has reportedly been accused of assault herself.

Asia Argento was one of the first to speak out against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

The New York Times reports that legal documents show the actress paid a former co-star $380,000 after he alleged she had assaulted him in a California hotel room in 2013.

A lawyer for Asia Argento declined to comment on the allegations.

The actress’ accuser, Jimmy Bennett was just 17 at the time. The age of consent in California is 18.

Asia Argento would have been 37 at the time of the encounter.

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Jimmy Bennett says in the documents that the encounter traumatized him and threatened his mental health and career, the New York Times reported.

He had played Asia Argento’s young son in a 2004 film.

In the documents seen by the paper, Asia Argento’s lawyer said that the money was given to Jimmy Bennett to help him, and that it was Argento who had been preyed upon.

In a statement published by Vanity Fair, a lawyer for Jimmy Bennett said his client would not comment but would take the “next 24 hours, or longer, to prepare his response”.

A lawyer for Harvey Weinstein said the development revealed “a stunning level of hypocrisy by Asia Argento”.

Another high-profile accuser of Harvey Weinstein, Rose McGowan, has also reacted to the reports, tweeting: “I got to know Asia Argento ten months ago. Our commonality is the shared pain of being assaulted by Harvey Weinstein. My heart is broken. I will continue my work on behalf of victims everywhere. None of us know the truth of the situation and I’m sure more will be revealed. Be gentle.”

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According to a new report, Harvey Weinstein used ex-Israeli agents to spy on his accusers.

Italian actress and director Asia Argento has described the New Yorker report as “terrifying”.

Reporter Ronan Farrow has published a story claiming Harvey Weinstein used private investigators to try to cover up abuse claims.

Asia Argento has accused Harvey Weinstein of rape.

Harvey Weinstein’s spokesperson denied that “any individuals were targeted or suppressed at any time”.

In his New Yorker story, Ronan Farrow alleged that Harvey Weinstein employed two intelligence companies, Kroll and Black Cube, to try to collect information on several women and on journalists trying to expose the allegations.

Black Cube advertises itself as “a select group of veterans from the Israeli elite intelligence units”. The New Yorker said they included former members of Israeli spy agency Mossad.

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After the story was published, Asia Argento tweeted: “Why didn’t I, @rosemcgowan, @RoArquette @AnnabellSciorra speak up earlier? We were followed by ex-Mossad agents. Isn’t that terrifying? Very.”

The Sopranos star Annabella Sciorra and Rose McGowan have also accused Harvey Weinstein of rape. He has denied all allegations of non-consensual contacts.

Ronan Farrow’s report alleges that two private investigators from Black Cube, using false identities, met Rose McGowan to “extract information” from her in an effort to stop the publication of abuse allegations. One of the investigators is reported to have posed as a women’s rights advocate.

Rose McGowan praised Ronan Farrow for his investigation, writing on Twitter that “your words will line the halls of justice”.

Annabella Sciorra told the New Yorker that the alleged use of private investigators by Harvey Weinstein had scared her “because I knew what it meant to be threatened by Harvey”, adding: “I was in fear of him finding me.”

The New Yorker also reported that one intelligence company held a profile of Rosanna Arquette, who has also accused Harvey Weinstein of harassment.

Harvey Weinstein’s spokeswoman Sallie Hofmeister dismissed the report, saying: “It is a fiction to suggest that any individuals were targeted or suppressed at any time.”