It was Rose McGowan's partner Rain Dove who turned over Asia Argento's texts to the police
Argento had earlier admitted to Rain that she had sexual relations with former 'The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things' co-star Jimmy Bennett in 2013.
Rain Dove, whom actress Rose McGowan is reportedly dating, revealed in an Instagram post that they submitted Asia Argento's texts to the police. Explaining their decision, Dove maintained that they did not want to sit in silence when it came to matters of the law. Dove, who identifies as gender nonbinary and refrains from using traditional gender pronouns, admitted that they leaked Asia Argento’s texts regarding her sexual relations with a minor.
Argento, who is facing sexual assault charges filed by Jimmy Bennett, had admitted in her texts to Dove that she did "sleep" with Jimmy Bennett but didn't know that he was a "minor," at the time. She also mentioned that the sex was "weird."
Dove released a lengthy "official statement" on Instagram. "When the individual made it clear that they were not going to be honest about their engagement, I turned in materials that may contribute towards an honest investigation. All victims deserve justice," an excerpt from Dove's statement read.
In their defense, Dove said that they believed it was “the basic thing one should do.” As reported previously, Argento had earlier admitted to having sexual relations with former 'The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things' co-star Jimmy Bennett in 2013, in a series of texts. Bennett was only 17 at the time. Back then, it wasn't revealed whom she sent these messages to.
Rose had introduced Asia to her partner Rain Dove, "a person to whom many high profile entities consult when they are experiencing social pressures because Rain is good at guiding them through the research confrontation, rehabilitation, and solution process," E News reported her as saying.
You can read Rain Dove's full statement here:
Rain Dove, as he says, has been getting hate messages on social media. He even shared a screenshot of a message exchange between him and one social media user, in which he was called a "snitch."
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Earlier this week, Rose McGowan had distanced herself from close friend Asia Argento, but she urged her to do the right thing,” “be honest” and "be the person you wish Harvey could have been," in a lengthy statement, Variety reported.
Ever since the news about sexual assault allegations against Asia Argento broke, the Italian actress has denied the claims. However, when questioned about the same in the press, the actress kept denying the possibility of any such thing ever happening, and that she paid Bennett to stay silent and let the incident go.
Dove also explained that Argento had previously also admitted to having received unsolicited nude images from Bennett, something she never really complained about. “When the individual made it clear that they were not going to be honest about their engagement, I turned in materials that may contribute towards an honest investigation. All victims deserve justice. Justice can rarely exist without honesty,” wrote Rain Dove.
While they said that they aren't “anti-Asia or anti-anything,” they wrote on Instagram that they trust in the importance of believing “every victim” and giving him/her a chance to tell his/her story.