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Femme Fatale: Asia Argento Axed From ‘X Factor Italy’

By Nick Vivarelli | 27 August 2018

VARIETY — [Harvey Weinstein’s sexual-abuse accuser] Asia Argento has been axed from “X Factor Italy” amid a scandal over allegations that [in 2013] she sexually abused a former child actor who once appeared in a movie with her, sources said Monday.

Doubts had been cast on the Italian actress-director’s presence as a judge on “X Factor Italy” following a report that she paid former child actor and musician Jimmy Bennett a $380,000 settlement [years] after an alleged sexual encounter when he was 17. Argento has admitted the [2017] payout, which she said was made by her former boyfriend, the late Anthony Bourdain, but denied she had sex with Bennett.

Sources confirmed that Sky Italia and Fremantle Media Italia have decided to pull Argento from the live portion of the talent show, which starts airing on Sept. 6. There is no official statement from the show’s broadcaster or producer yet. […]

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