'Deception'

Asia Argento seeks damages over Rose McGowan’s ‘horrendous lies’

Italian actress Asia Argento (L) and US singer and actress Rose McGowan take part in a march organised by 'Non Una Di Meno' (Me too) movement on March 8, 2018 as part of the International Women's Day in Rome. (ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

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.”

Read the full story at Deadline.

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