Asia Argento threatens to sue Rose McGowan if she doesn't retract "horrendous lies"
Asia Argento, who has accused Harvey Weinstein of sexually assaulting her, has been accused of sleeping with actor Jimmy Bennett in 2013 when he was just 17 years old
Asia Argento has finally decided to open up and respond to comments made by Rose McGowan over allegations of sexual assault against her.
The 42-year-old actress released a statement on Twitter and threatened to sue McGowan over her claim that the sexual assault accusations against Argento were true.
“Dear @RoseMcGowan. It is with genuine regret that I am giving you 24 hours to retract and apologise [sic] for the horrendous lies made against me in your statement of August 27th,” Argento, 42, tweeted to McGowan. “If you fail to address this libel I will have no option other than to take immediate legal action,” she warned.
Dear @RoseMcGowan. It is with genuine regret that I am giving you 24 hours to retract and apologise for the horrendous lies made against me in your statement of August 27th. If you fail to address this libel I will have no option other than to take immediate legal action.— Asia Argento (@AsiaArgento) September 17, 2018
The August 27 statement that Argento was referring to was McGowan's claim that she (Argento) did have sex with Jimmy Bennett in 2013 when he was just 17. The statement was released after McGowan watched Argento deny in public that she did not sleep with him, post an explosive New York Times article that said Argento had paid money to Bennet to not reveal their affair.
McGowan who had become close to Argento after the duo accused Harvey Weinstein of sexually assaulting them, claimed that her lover Rain Dove told her that Argento had admitted in text messages that she had sex with her younger co-star.
McGowan even said that she had encouraged Dove to turn in the texts to the cops. “What was hard was the shell shock of the realization that everything the MeToo movement stood for was about to be in jeopardy," she wrote in a statement according to PageSix
“Asia you were my friend … Do the right thing. Be honest. Be fair. Let justice stay its course. Be the person you wish Harvey could have been,” she continued. The New York Times also reported that Argento had paid Bennett $380,000 to be silent about allegedly sexually assaulting him in a California hotel five years ago.
I got to know Asia Argento ten months ago. Our commonality is the shared pain of being assaulted by Harvey Weinstein. My heart is broken. I will continue my work on behalf of victims everywhere.— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) August 20, 2018
But, Argento denied everything and said that her late boyfriend Anthony Bourdain had given that money because he was worried about the negative side of the press. But, the text messages that were published by TMZ stated that the actress had admitted to the assault. She even claims that it was the teen who had jumped on her.
Bennet is currently wondering if he should file a police complaint against Argento.