Asia Argento, one of the original Harvey Weinstein accusers and Me Too advocate, announced yesterday that she will be suing fellow advocate Rose McGowan for “substantial damages for deception, fraud, coercion and libel” in connection with what she describes as “recent false statements” and “horrendous lies.” Argento gave McGowan 24 hours to retract statements she made at the end of August in connection to sexual assault allegations against Argento. McGowan ignored the threat, prompting Argento to act.
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
To @rosemcgowan. The 24hr deadline given to retract your recent false statements about me has now passed. I must inform you & @raindovemodel that I’ve instructed Mishcon de Reya to seek substantial damages for deception, fraud, coercion and libel. You will hear from them shortly.
— Asia Argento (@AsiaArgento) September 18, 2018
In August, news broke that Argento had paid off a young actor, Jimmy Bennett who alleges she sexually assaulted him when he was underage. Argento maintains that the encounter never occurred and that Bennett was just out for money. She explained that her late boyfriend, Anthony Bourdain, had offered to pay the demanded money in order to protect both their reputations.
McGowan initially supported her friend, but when Rain Dove (pronouns “they” and “them”) told her that Argento had confided in them that Bennett had sent her nude pictures which she kept, McGowan released a lengthy statement cutting ties with her former “ride or die.”
“Asia, you were my friend,” the statement said, “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.”
The Los Angeles police is currently investigating the situation since Dove went to the police with encouragement from McGowan. To bolster her argument, Argento posted a screenshot of a message apparently from Dove, admitting that they misunderstood one of the texts turned over to the police.
It is a shame that @rosemcgowan is not prepared to accept when she is wrong. @raindovemodel accepted she was wrong, but her tweet has been deleted. Rose’s statement continues to make false claims. pic.twitter.com/OcHyJp6Rum
— Asia Argento (@AsiaArgento) September 7, 2018
The text tweet was the first time Argento appealed to McGowan to take back her statement. There are no details yet about the damages being sought nor has there been a response from McGowan about the lawsuit.