Rain Dove came to support us both. I was with Asia to comfort and support her. No one in the room knew who the extortionist was. It was an emotionally chaotic time and Rain Dove suggested we go to Berlin for a couple days to take the mourning out of Asia’s home and into a neutral space. While in Berlin Asia had mentioned that she was being extorted for a large sum of money every month by someone who was blackmailing them with a provocative image. So we did. Now we know it to be a reference to this case. I had introduced Rain Dove to Asia Argento last month, three days after the passing of Anthony Bourdain.
McGowan also stressed that she is not "affiliated with this incident or being complicit." "There absolutely should be no leeway or tolerance for sexual assault," McGowan says.
Read her full statement below:
I received a phone call and series of messages from the being I’ve been dating- Rain Dove. Rain also shared that Asia had stated that she’d been receiving unsolicited nudes of Jimmy since he had been 12. No reporting to authorities, to the parents, or blocking of Jimmy’s social media. But then everything changed. In an instant. 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. Not even a simple message “Don’t send me these images. Asia mentioned in these texts that she didn’t take any action on those images. They said that they had been texting with Asia and that Asia had revealed that she had indeed slept with Jimmy Bennet.
Rose McGowan further distanced herself from Asia Argento in the wake of sexual assault allegations waged against the actress-director.
To the people who have checked in with me to see if I’m alright- the answer is thank you and Yes. NONE. Its sad to lose a friend connection, but whats even more sad is what happened to Jimmy Bennet. Whether or not the extortion case is true- it wasn’t fair and it wasn’t right. The reason I haven’t released a statement is because I’ve frankly been extremely humbled by this event. I’ve never claimed to be perfect. In the past I have been occasionally angry. This week especially has made me come to terms with the fact that we all have a lot of growing to do, including myself. Victims also shouldn’t be told how they should react or what they should say about their abusers. I’ll be fine. Hard stop. I had to take a step back and realise that in my own activism while I fight hard with passion- I need to evolve. It is the type of thing I fight against alongside so many. There absolutely should be no leeway or tolerance for sexual assault. However as allies to the victim and voyeurs of an event we should find a better way to balance support of the victim with due process for the accused. As a victim I was justified in fiery feelings. But I know that those accused are the friends, parents, and family members of other people.
It wasn’t hard to say or support. You must.” I wasted no time. But that they wanted me to be aware of them so that I may be able to take further actions. Rain Dove said that they were going to go to the police with these texts once we were done speaking no matter what. What was hard was the shell shock of the realisation that everything the MeToo movement stood for was about to be in jeopardy. I responded with “You have to. An hour after our conversation was finished Rain Dove confirmed that they had turned over the texts and were in conversation with officers. Almost 48 hours later the texts were in the press.
I loved you. You’ve spent and risked a lot to stand with the MeToo movement. Do the right thing. Be the person you wish Harvey could have been.” /> Be fair. Let justice stay its course. Be honest. I really hope you find your way through this process to rehabilitation and betterment. Asia you were my friend. Anyone can be be better- I hope you can be, too.
McGowan released a statement on Monday, detailing how she discovered that Argento had reportedly paid off actor Jimmy Bennett, who claims Argento sexually assaulted him when he was 17.
We were able to talk through them together and champion each other’s voices. We even got matching dot tattoos! It’s no secret to anyone that Im a blunt, candid, brazen individual vocally- and I think that’s what I really related to Asia the most with. Something I had posted on my IG just about a month ago. Rare things to find in women in this industry or the world. I first met Asia on a red carpet, but it’s only been the past year through our shared experience of the HW case that we have bonded. They were edgy, confrontational, and strong willed with very little care about how much other’s liked or disliked them. Asia was a person who understood my trauma in a way that many others didn’t.
The conspiracy. At this current moment it may be easy to focus on the drama of the situation. Supporting honesty. But the real focus should be on supporting justice. More compassionate. More aware. We must use it to allow us to become stronger. And supporting each other. And More organised. We can not let this moment break the momentum of a movement that has freed so many people.
I would first of all like to start off this statement saying thank you for your patience. I am not. Many people believe that because we have been close in each other’s lives over the past year that perhaps I am affiliated with this incident or being complicit. A lot of people have been demanding answers and a response to the recent events surrounding Asia Argento’s sexual assault case.
I know that coming to me with those messages must have been hard for Rain because of that so I commend them for their bravery. Rain Dove continued on communicating with Asia occasionally after meeting her- and their conversations have been their own. I know Rain is 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. So it was not a surprise to me that I received that call and the messages from them. While they are a person who is good at keeping a secret for those dedicated to making things right- they are also justice driven. I’ve referred to Asia in the past as “My Ride or Die” and said very clearly that their friendship comes first.
McGowan says the person she's dating, Rain Dove, told her that Argento admitted to sleeping with Bennet.