Almost one month after Rose McGowan claimed that Asia Argento admitted to having a sexual relationship with her accuser, Argento has demanded that McGowan retract her statement - and apologize - or else face legal repercussions.
McGowan also went into detail about her current partner, Rain Dove, who told her that Argento said she had slept with Bennett when he was underage and she had been receiving nude photos of him since he was 12 years old.
According to the New York Times, McGowan said in a a lengthy statement on August 27 that her partner, model Rain Dove, had exchanged text messages with Argento, who admitted that she had been intimate with actor and musician Bennett. The actress has denied any sexual relationship with Bennett, though she did admit to the payment, which she said was made by her later boyfriend, "Parts Unknown" host Anthony Bourdain.
"If you fail to address this libel I will have no option other than to take immediate legal action", Argento warns. I really hope you find your way through this process to rehabilitation and betterment. Do the right thing.
Argento and McGowan were among the first women to accuse now-disgraced movie mogul Weinstein of sexual misconduct and have been leading figures in the #MeToo movement. Be honest. Be fair. "Be the person you wish Harvey could have been". Rose, previously, said in her statement, "let justice stay its course".
"Asia, you were my friend".
But things changed in August when Argento was accused of acting in Weinstein-fashion by paying off Bennett, an alleged victim of her own, to the tune of $380,000.
Dove passed the alleged texts onto California police, who are investigating as at 17, Bennett was a minor at the time of the alleged sexual encounter in a hotel in Marina del Rey, California in May 2013. But he has been sharply critical of Argento's conflicting statements and explanations thus far, calling them "offensive", "self-serving" and "slanderous". His attorney, Gordon K. Sattro, responded, by saying he was "shocked, appalled, and disgusted" by the claim.