Rose McGowan isn’t happy to hear about the recent allegations against fellow #MeToo advocate, Asia Argento. Yesterday, The New York Times published an article which claimed Argento paid a former child star a large sum of money following a sexual assault case.
Rose and Asia first became connected following the allegations against Harvey Weinstein which kicked off the #MeToo movement in full storm last year. Following the initial report regarding Argento, McGowan went on Twitter to air her grievances with the news.
“My heart is broke. I will continue my work on behalf of victims everywhere,” the actress remarked. With that said, she added, no one “knows the truth of the situation,” and she asked her critics to “be gentle.”
In a report from The Times, the publication claims she agreed to pay Jimmy Bennett $380,000 after she assaulted him in a hotel room when he was just a 17-year-old boy.
Interestingly, neither Asia or Bennett have agreed to most publications’ request for an interview.
None of us know the truth of the situation and I’m sure more will be revealed. Be gentle.
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) August 20, 2018
The incident between Asia and Bennett took place in 2013 when Bennett arrived at a hotel room belonging to Asia at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina Del Ray, California.
After his family members left, she gave him an alcoholic beverage to drink while they looked at notes together. After some time passed, The Times claims, Asia “kissed him, pushed him back on the bed, removed his pants, and performed oral sex.”
They then had intercourse and she also asked him to take photos. At the time, Bennett was not of legal age. After the altercation in question, Bennett went home and felt “extremely confused, mortified, and disgusted.”
The Times also states Bennett and Asia aren’t forbidden to talk about what happened between them, however, he can’t file a lawsuit against her, and she must comply with their agreement. Additionally, he can’t upload the photo they took.