Last week, the New York Times reported that actress and #MeToo activist Asia Argento had made a deal to pay off a former co-star, Jimmy Bennett, who accused her of sexually assaulting him when he was a minor. Shortly thereafter, Argento denied the allegations - but text messages were soon leaked to TMZ that purported to contradict Argento's denial. Now, in a Monday statement released through a publicist, Argento's fellow #MeToo advocate Rose McGowan revealed that the texts in question came from the person she is dating, Rain Dove.
In her statement, McGowan explains that she and Argento only became close over the past year, after they both went public with their respective allegations of sexual assault against Harvey Weinstein. McGowan writes that, after the death of Argento's late boyfriend Anthony Bourdain, she introduced the actress to Dove, a model and activist whom McGowan had been dating. McGowan and Dove then visited Berlin with Argento, at which point Argento "mentioned that she was being extorted for a large sum of money every month by someone who was blackmailing them with a provocative image."
McGowan continues that "no one in the room" knew who the extortionist was at the time. Meanwhile, Dove and Argento stayed in contact after the visit. The statement also reads:
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Read the full statement below: