Rose McGowan's 'Heart Is Broken' Over Sexual Assault Allegations Against Asia ArgentoThe Me Too movement figure was responding to a report that Argento had agreed to settle with her own underage accuser.
Rose McGowan said Monday that her “heart is broken” over a report that fellow actress and alleged Harvey Weinstein victim Asia Argento agreed to pay a $380,000 settlement to an actor who accused her of sexually assaulting him when he was 17 ― under the age of consent in California.
Actor and musician Jimmy Bennett claimed that Argento performed oral sex and had intercourse with him in 2013, the New York Times reported. The two had co-starred in a 2004 film Argento directed, “The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things.”
McGowan and Argento had forged a friendship after their accusations against film mogul Weinstein helped fuel the Me Too movement that has highlighted alleged sexual assaults by scores of prominent people in entertainment and beyond.
I got to know Asia Argento ten months ago. Our commonality is the shared pain of being assaulted by Harvey Weinstein. My heart is broken. I will continue my work on behalf of victims everywhere.
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) August 20, 2018
Argento has yet to comment on the Times report, but Times reporter Jodi Kantor, who won a Pulitzer prize for contributing to a series of articles that exposed Weinstein, wrote, “People are going to want to hear what she has to say and how it meshes with her other statements about #metoo.”
So far @AsiaArgento has declined to comment on these allegations. Still hoping she speaks up. People are going to want to hear what she has to say and how it meshes with her other statements about #metoo. https://t.co/2xuWsSPtSp
— jodikantor (@jodikantor) August 20, 2018
Tarana Burke, who’s credited with starting the Me Too movement years ago, wrote that supporters of Me Too shouldn’t let “recent news stories” discredit the movement.
People will use these recent news stories to try and discredit this movement – don’t let that happen. This is what Movement is about. It’s not a spectator sport. It is people generated. We get to say “this is/isn’t what this movement is about!”
— Tarana (@TaranaBurke) August 20, 2018