Asia Argento Fired As “X Factor Italy” Judge After Sexual Assault Allegations

Anthony Bourdain’s girlfriend gets axed after evidence surfaces of sexual assault against a teenager

By Marilyn Nelson on August 27, 2018
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Asia Argento has been fired from “X Factor Italy.” The 42-year-old faces allegations that she was sexually involved with actor Jimmy Bennet when he was just 17-years-old.

The Italian actress and singer was one of the first to become a voice in the #MeToo movement, accusing Harvey Weinstein of rape. She then came under fire after reportedly paying Bennet $380,000 as a settlement in April, saying it was her late boyfriend, Anthony Bourdain, who paid the money.

According to Variety, “Sources confirmed that Sky Italia and FremantleMedia 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.”

Seven episodes have already been shot with Argento as one of the judges. Those episodes will air, but she’s being cut from the live shows that follow.

TMZ reports that the producers of the show had previously decided if the allegations were true, she would no longer be welcome on the show.

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