Published: Tue, September 18, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Asia Argento Threatens Civil Suit Against Former #MeToo Comrade Rose McGowan

Asia Argento Threatens Civil Suit Against Former #MeToo Comrade Rose McGowan

Last month, McGowan publically urged Dove to go to police with the text messages and called her former friend out for putting the positive work of the #MeToo movement in jeopardy.

Rose released a statement in August in which she claimed Asia had admitted to sleeping with her sexual assault accuser Jimmy Bennett in text messages to Rose's partner Rain Dove, and also claimed Asia had told Rain she'd received unsolicited nude images of Bennett. "Now we know it to be a reference to this case [of Jimmy Bennett]", McGowan said in her statement. I must inform you & [Rain Dove] that I've instructed Mishcon de Reya to seek substantial damages for deception, fraud, coercion and libel. Be honest. Be fair.

The two actors used to be confidantes and allies in the #MeToo movement - both have spoken out, accusing disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein of rape and sexual assault, charges he denies - but have had a falling out over the alleged sexual abuse of Argento's co-star, Jimmy Bennett.

"Asia, you were my friend".

She spoke of how she'd bonded with Asia over Harvey Weinstein, adding: 'Asia was a person who understood my trauma in a way that many others didn't. Let justice stay its course.

Bennett claimed that Argento sexually assaulted him in a hotel room in 2013 when he was only 17 (below the age of consent in California) and she was 37. "I will continue my work on behalf of victims everywhere".

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In a lengthy statement published on August 27, McGowan claimed that her partner, Rain Dove, had text message conversations with Argento, during which she allegedly admitted not only to sleeping with Bennett, but also stated that Bennett had been sending her unsolicited nude photos of himself from the age of 12.

"It would seem that Asia is implying that her truth is the actual truth because of her perceived position in this all too important movement and a delusional view of her own importance to it", Sattro said.

Argento responded to McGowan's statement on Twitter, stating that Dove had "accepted she was wrong" and deleted the tweet and that McGowan needed to do the same.

Rose McGowan and Asia Argento on the women's march in Rome.

"I did not initially speak out about my story because I chose to handle it in private with the person who wronged me", the statement said.

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