Asia Argento, actress and director, was one of the first Hollywood women to accuse producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault. Following her October 2017 revelations about Mr. Weinstein,a young actor maintains that she arranged for payments totaling $380,000 to him because he apparently reminded her that she assaulted him in a hotel room in California when he was 17 years and 2 months old. Age of consent in California is 18. The lad, now 22, had played Ms. Argento’s son in a 2004 film.
Because California does not permit nondisclosure agreements in contracts involving these kinds of activities, the lad has taken the payments and still spoken out, including sharing a picture of the two together in bed. Whatever objectionable types of activities Hollywood depicts in its movies these days pale in comparison to what is going on in their lives. But the film noir of the 1940s got it right — payoffs for keeping quiet almost never work. The shake-down continues or they sing. Hollywood always had the script on this stuff.