Asia Argento fired as judge from 'X Factor Italy'

Yolanda Curtis
September 2, 2018

However, shortly after her denial, text messages that were reportedly Argento's were leaked to TMZ, which seem to support Bennett's accusations against the actress.

According to media reports, Sky Italia and FremantleMedia Italia chose to sack Argento from the live portion of the talent show, which starts airing on 6 September, reported Variety website.

Variety's report has not yet been confirmed by Sky Italia and Fremantlemedia, which produce the show.

McGowan also declared Rain Dove, whom she's dating, was the unnamed Argento friend whose published text-message exchange shows that Argento admitted to sleeping with Bennett when he was 17.

Bennett has made the claims that in May 2013 he met Argento at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Marina Del Rey, California where she allegedly gave him alcohol and had sex with him.

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She concluded her part urging Argento to do the right thing, saying she had "spent and risked a lot to stand with the MeToo movement".

Actress-director Asia Argento has lost her place as a judge in X Factor Italy amidst allegations that she sexually abused a former child actor who once appeared in a movie with her.

McGowan released a statement on Monday in which she indicated that although she had forged a close bond with Argento due to their alleged shared experiences of assault by disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, she has now ended the friendship.

Argento and Bennett acted together in the 2004 film "The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things", in which the Italian plays his troubled mother.

According to Hollywood Reporter, the 42-year-old actor will only feature in the initial seven episodes of the show's upcoming season where contestants will be auditioned.

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McGowan wrote she had launched Argento to Rain Dove three days after Argento's boyfriend Anthony Bourdain died in June when she went to "comfort and enhance her".

She subsequently agreed to pay Bennett US$380,000 after his lawyers notified her of their intent to sue previous year.

"It's sad to lose a friend connection", she wrote in reference to Argento, "but what's even more sad is what happened to Jimmy Bennett".

She continued: 'There absolutely should be no leeway or tolerance for sexual assault.

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.

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Although Argento has disputed the contents of The Times article, a company spokeswoman has said The Times stands by it.

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