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#MeToo leader Asia Argento paid accuser after sexual assault claim

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Asia Argento paid $380,000 to actor and musician Jimmy Bennett after he accused her in 2017 of sexually assaulting him in 2013, when Bennett was 17 and under the age of consent in California, the N.Y. Times' Kim Severson reports.

Why it matters: Argento, a leading #MeToo activist, was a key voice and accuser against Harvey Weinstein. Her agreement with Bennett, which the Times obtained through a third party, did not include an nondisclosure agreement, only banning Bennett from suing her or releasing a photo of the two in bed.

What he's reading: Barack Obama shares his summer reading list

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In a Facebook post Sunday morning, former President Barack Obama shared five books that he's been reading this summer "when things slow down just a bit, whether it’s on a vacation with family or just a quiet afternoon."

The big picture: Obama, who's known to share his favorite bits of art via social media, said that he's "been absorbed by new novels, revisited an old classic, and reaffirmed my faith in our ability to move forward together when we seek the truth."

Michael Cohen under investigation for over $20 million in bank fraud

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Federal investigators in New York are examining whether President Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen committed over $20 million in bank and tax fraud by misrepresenting his assets when obtaining loans for his family taxi businesses, The New York Times reports.

The big picture: The NYT report notes that it is "still possible" that Cohen could plead guilty and decide to cooperate with federal prosectors and the Mueller investigation. The fraud inquiry is in conjunction with an ongoing federal investigation regarding Cohen's possible violation of campaign finance laws via the payment of multiple women who claim to have had extramarital affairs with Trump.