Asia Argento Fired By 'X Factor Italy' TV Show After Sex Allegations

Asia Argento who shot into the headlines for accusing disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of rape paid Jimmy Bennett hush money after he claimed that she sexually assaulted him in a California hotel room in 2013

Argento's claims that she was sexually violated by Harvey Weinstein helped fuel the Me Too movement that took down predators in entertainment and beyond. Fellow #MeToo activist and Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan says her 'heart is broken'.

The Italian actress was supposed to work with the cast and crew of X-Factor Italy, but they fired her following the allegations that she committed statutory rape.

Argento will reportedly still appear on seven episodes of the show that were already shot for the initial auditions.

The live portion of the show will officially begin with a new judge and the main cast from October 25.

The series was to begin on the 6th of September, on Sky Uno. Neither Argento nor the show's producers have yet commented on her removal. Argento's ex, Morgan, who has served as a judge on previous seasons, is a rumored replacement in the Italian press, according to Variety.

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Argento's position became untenable as the reality show's judge after it emerged that she paid former child actor and musician Jimmy Bennett a $380,000 to settle the matter in order to avoid embarrassment and possible legal consequences. There was a photo released of the two in bed at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Marina del Rey, California, where the incident went down.

Asia Argento has now experienced tangible career damage after allegations that she had sex with an underage actor.

Argento admitted that she paid the money to Bennett by way of her ex boyfriend, the late Anthony Bourdain, but denied any sexual encounter with the young man who played her son in a movie when he was just four-years-old.

In a statement last week she denied ever having "any sexual relationship" with Bennett, who has accused her of molesting him when he was a minor.

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