Rose McGowan has issued an apology to Asia Argento after legal action was threatened.
Both women have been prominent figures in the Harvey Weinstein scandal, both claiming to have been raped and sexually assaulted by the former Hollywood mogul.
However, Argento’s reputation has been somewhat disgraced amid claims that she sexually assaulted child actor Jimmy Bennett. The accusations go as far as suggesting that Argento paid off the young actor in excess of $380,000 to keep quiet.
In the wake of these accusations, which Argento is now denying, McGowan reacted by saying her “heart is broken” following the claims. Now, in a bizarre twist, the #MeToo campaigners clashed on social media after Argento demanded an apology from McGowan.
That apology has now been published.
Writing on social media, McGowan issued the following statement: “On 27 August I released a statement about Asia Argento, which I now realized contained a number of facts that were not correct,” McGowan wrote in social media. “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.
“I do not feel that it is my place to comment further on what happened at the Ritz Carlton in Marina del Rey hotel in May 2013, save to say that I now appreciate that it was not as I thought it was previously,” the actress continued. “In my statement, I challenged why Asia had not acted as I think any responsible adult would if they received sexually explicit messages from a 12-year-old, which of course do not apply in the same way as when the situation involves a 17-year-old, who had admitted harboring misguided fantasies about their mentor since they were 12.”
Here’s the statement in full:
— Rose McGowan (@rosemcgowan) September 27, 2018