Rose McGowan Apologises to Asia Argento Over Sexual Abuse Allegations, Argento Responds
Rose McGowan has apologised to Asia Argento, after the actress and partner of the late Anthony Bourdain threatened to sue her for giving “false statements.”
The statement in question refers to McGowan alleging that the Italian star had received explicit texts from former co-star and sexual assault accuser Jimmy Bennett “since he had been 12” -- an allegation Argento vehemently denied.
TMZ later released incriminating text messages – which had come from McGowan’s partner, Rain Dove.
"Asia, you were my friend,” McGowan wrote at the time the sexual assault reports surfaced. “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 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.”
Soon after the fact, Argento gave McGowan 24 hours to “retract and apologise for the horrendous lies made against [her],” which Rose did not meet.
However, on Thursday, McGowan released a statement via Twitter, apologising to Argento and writing that she “misunderstood” texts that Argento and Dove exchanged.
“On 27 August I released a statement about Asia Argento, which I now realised contained a number of facts that were not correct,” the former Charmed actress wrote. “The most serious of these was that I said that the unsolicited nude text messages Asia received from Jimmy Bennett had been sent since Jimmy was 12 years old.”
“In fact, I had misunderstood the messages that Asia exchanged with my partner Rain Dove, which made clear that Jimmy had sent Asia inappropriate text messages only after they met up again when he was 17 (still legally a minor in California, but notably different from a 12-year-old),” McGowan continued, referring to text messages her partner had received in which Argento allegedly admitted to sleeping with Bennett.
"I deeply regret not correcting my mistake sooner and apologise to Asia for not doing so,” she added.
Just an hour later, Asia responded to the apology by thanking Rose, but insinuated that it was too late.
"Although I am grateful to @rosemcgowan for her full apology following her groundless allegations about me, if she had issued it earlier, I may have kept my job on X-Factor and avoided the constant accusations of paedophilia (sic) which I have been subjected to in real-life and online," Argento wrote on Twitter.
"Now go on, live your life and stop hurting other people, will you Rose? Best wishes," she added.
Rose and Asia had previously been close friends for a number of years, and were both among the first women to publicly accuse producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault and become leading figures in the #MeToo movement.