As allegations of sexual assault against actress Asia Argento continue to send reverberations through the #MeToo movement, one of its leading voices, actress Rose McGowan, is distancing herself from Argento, who has been another leader in the movement.
McGowan issued a long statement today — you can read it in its entirety by clicking here — discussing allegations of sexual assault against Argento that have been raised by actor Jimmy Bennett. Bennett says he was 17 when Argento, then 37, allegedly assaulted him.
McGowan says in the statement that her partner, Rain Dove, told her Argento had admitted she slept with Bennett.
“Rain also shared that Asia had stated that she’d been receiving unsolicited nudes of Jimmy since he had been 12,” McGowan says in the statement. “Asia mentioned in these texts that she didn’t take any action on those images. No reporting to authorities, to the parents, or blocking of Jimmy’s social media. Not even a simple message ‘Don’t send me these images. They are inappropriate.’ There were a few other details revealed as well that I am not at liberty to mention in this statement as investigators do their job.”
McGowan and Argento apparently bonded in recent months over their allegations against Harvey Weinstein, and McGowan references Weinstein in her statement, which she closes by writing: “Asia you were my friend. I loved you. You’ve spent and risked a lot to stand with the MeToo movement. I really hope you find your way through this process to rehabilitation and betterment. Anyone can be be better — I hope you can be, too. Do the right thing. Be honest. Be fair. Let justice stay its course. Be the person you wish Harvey could have been.”
Please click here to read McGowan’s full statement.