An increasingly incendiary showdown between two prominent #MeToo activists took a new turn on Monday, when Asia Argento warned Rose McGowan of “immediate legal action” if she did not retract an August 27 statement that urged Argento to “be the person you wish Harvey could have been.”
Argento posted on social media her “genuine regret” at the threatened action, while calling for an apology and retraction of McGowan’s “horrendous lies”, within 24 hours.
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
The actresses were initially drawn together after each had come forward with sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein. But condemnation from McGowan followed reports that Argento paid off Jimmy Bennett, an actor who has accused Argento of sexually abusing him when he was 17.
McGowan’s statement, in which she addressed Argento, saying “I really hope you find your way through this process to rehabilitation and betterment,” can be read here. The statement also outlines the role of McGowan’s partner, Rain Dove, in supporting Bennett’s allegations.
With no retraction forthcoming, Argento stepped up her threat on Tuesday morning, confirming she was pursuing legal action. “The 24hr deadline given to retract your recent false statements about me has now passed,” she wrote. “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.”
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
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