Asia Argento has been one of the leading voices in the Metoo movement. She's also one of the first to publicly accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct.
This weekend, The New York Times broke the story that in 2013, Argento gave alcohol to a 17 year old actor and had sex with him. The age of consent in California is 18.
The actor originally asked for $3.5 million, based on his income before the incident and its effect on his career. According to documents sent to the Times via encrypted email, Ms. Argento, who is divorced and has two children, was both a mentor and a mother figure to Mr. Bennett, and the two were intermittently in contact as he grew up. “Jimmy’s impression of this situation was that a mother-son relationship had blossomed from their experience on set together”
This development mirrors my own experience with the court system in California. While women enjoy many advantages in society, including often getting a pass for behaviors that would land a man a nearly guaranteed prison sentence; if you do your due diligence and follow procedures to the letter, the justice system works well for men against women who have wronged them, too.