The New York Times reported that Argento paid former child actor Jimmy Bennett $380,000 in hush money. Picture: Supplied
The New York Times reported that Argento paid former child actor Jimmy Bennett $380,000 in hush money. Picture: Supplied

Actress cut from Bourdain’s show

CNN is pulling all episodes of featuring Asia Argento, following allegations that the Italian actress and activist sexually assaulted an underage former co-star.

The outspoken #MeToo activist, who was dating Bourdain at the time of his suicide earlier this year, appeared in two episodes of the show filmed in Rome and Southern Italy and directed another episode in Hong Kong, the New York Post reported.

All three have been removed from CNN's streaming service CNN Go, the network announced.

"In light of the recent news reports about Asia Argento, CNN will discontinue airing past episodes of Parts Unknown that included her, until further notice," a CNN spokesman told Buzzfeed News on Saturday.

Argento, 42, has also been dropped as a judge from the upcoming 12th season of the X Factor Italy.

Last month, the New York Times reported that Argento paid former child actor Jimmy Bennett $380,000 in hush money after he accused her of sexually assaulting him when he was 17 and she was 37.

Argento staunchly denied "any sexual relationship" with Bennett, but acknowledged the payment - claiming her former beau Bourdain "personally undertook to help Bennett economically" fearing the bad press.

Bourdain met Argento in 2016 while filming the season eight Rome episode of his travel and food show. Picture: News Limited
Bourdain met Argento in 2016 while filming the season eight Rome episode of his travel and food show. Picture: News Limited

But text messages leaked to the press allegedly show Argento admitting to having sex with Bennett when he was underage, alongside a photo that appears to show the pair shirtless in bed together.

Bourdain met Argento in 2016 while filming the season eight Rome episode of his travel and food show.

 

In the season 11 Hong Kong episode, Bourdain mentioned their romance saying: "To fall in love with Asia is one thing. To fall in love in Asia in another. Both have happened to me."

Bourdain, 61, was working on an episode of the show in Strasbourg, France at the time of his death in June.

 

This article was originally published in the New York Post and has been reproduced here with permission.



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