AceShowbiz - Actress Asia Argento returned to the spotlight on Monday, January 21 as she walked the runway during Paris Fashion Week, months after becoming caught up in her own sexual assault controversy.
The embattled Italian star was one of the first women to publicly accuse disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein of rape in October, 2017, and became a leading voice in the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct.
However, her reputation took a big hit last year (2018) after she was revealed to have reached a financial settlement with former child actor and musician Jimmy Bennett, who played her son in the 2004 movie "The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things", after she was accused of seducing and sleeping with him.
He was just 17 at the time of the alleged encounter at a California hotel in 2013, but Asia fought back, insisting she was the real victim, because Jimmy, who was under the age of consent, had reportedly pounced on her.
She was dropped from her role as a judge on Italy's "The X Factor" talent show over the scandal in August (2018) - weeks after mourning the suicide death of her boyfriend, celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, but now the "xXx" actress has stepped back into the limelight - this time as a fashion model.
The 43-year-old strutted her stuff down the runway for Antonio Grimaldi's Spring/Summer 2019 collection on Monday, January 21, showing off her slim physique and multiple tattoos in a white asymmetrical mini dress with a long train. The gown was also adorned with angel wings made from ostrich feathers.
Prior to the show, Grimaldi praised Argento for her "audaciousness," and insisted she was the ideal model for the new line.
"(Her) anti-conformist personality works perfectly with the collection, which is inspired by the Greek myth of Ariadne," he explained.