Following the initial report by The New York Times last month, Argento denied having a sexual relationship with Bennett stating, “I am deeply shocked and hurt by having read news that is absolutely false. I have never had any sexual relationship with Bennett.”
Shortly after, TMZ published a “selfie” of Argento and Bennett that appeared to show them in bed together.
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At the time, Bennett issued a statement to CNN through his attorney, Gordon K. Sattro.
“I did not initially speak out about my story because I chose to handle it in private with the person who wronged me. My trauma resurfaced as she came out as a victim herself,” Bennett’s statement read in part. “I was underage when the event took place, and I tried to seek justice in a way that made sense to me at the time because I was not ready to deal with the ramifications of my story becoming public. At the time I believed there was still a stigma to being in the situation as a male in our society.”
CNN has contacted the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for comment. Last week, a spokesperson for the department told CNN that investigators are interested in speaking with Bennett about his allegations against Argento but had been unable to reach him.
Bennett’s attorney was not immediately available for comment.
CNN’s Lisa France, Paul Vercammen and Sara Sidner contributed to this story.