The authorities in California said Monday that they were looking into allegations that the actress and director Asia Argento had sexually assaulted a young man in a hotel room when he was 17.
In a brief statement, Darren Harris, a captain with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, said the agency was aware of the alleged 2013 episode, which was the subject of a report in The New York Times.
Captain Harris said that law enforcement officials had not yet “located any police report alleging criminal activity” in connection to it. But he said they were reaching out to the young actor, Jimmy Bennett, and his representatives in order to document any possible criminal activity.
A lawyer for Mr. Bennett said late Monday that he had still not been contacted by law enforcement officials; the lawyer, Gordon K. Sattro, would not comment further.
The announcement came just a day after The Times reported that Ms. Argento — a leader of the #MeToo movement who was among the first women to publicly accuse the producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault — arranged to pay $380,000 to Mr. Bennett, who said she had sexually assaulted him in a hotel room in Marina del Rey, Calif., an unincorporated, upscale harbor community on the west side of Los Angeles County.