Rose McGowan Says Asia Argento Should Be Person “Harvey Could Have Been”

"There absolutely should be no leeway or tolerance for sexual assault,” McGowan asserted on Monday.
While in Berlin Asia had mentioned that she was being extorted for a large sum of money every month by someone who was blackmailing them with a provocative image. Rain Dove came to support us both. So we did. I was with Asia to comfort and support her. Now we know it to be a reference to this case. It was an emotionally chaotic time and Rain Dove suggested we go to Berlin for a couple days to take the mourning out of Asia’s home and into a neutral space. No one in the room knew who the extortionist was. I had introduced Rain Dove to Asia Argento last month, three days after the passing of Anthony Bourdain.
Almost 48 hours later the texts were in the press. I responded with “You have to. An hour after our conversation was finished Rain Dove confirmed that they had turned over the texts and were in conversation with officers. Rain Dove said that they were going to go to the police with these texts once we were done speaking no matter what. But that they wanted me to be aware of them so that I may be able to take further actions. You must.” I wasted no time. It wasn’t hard to say or support. What was hard was the shell shock of the realisation that everything the MeToo movement stood for was about to be in jeopardy.
I loved you. Anyone can be be better- I hope you can be, too. You’ve spent and risked a lot to stand with the MeToo movement. Be honest. Let justice stay its course. I really hope you find your way through this process to rehabilitation and betterment. Asia you were my friend. Be fair. Do the right thing. Be the person you wish Harvey could have been.” />
There absolutely should be no leeway or tolerance for sexual assault. Whether or not the extortion case is true- it wasn’t fair and it wasn’t right. This week especially has made me come to terms with the fact that we all have a lot of growing to do, including myself. It is the type of thing I fight against alongside so many. To the people who have checked in with me to see if I’m alright- the answer is thank you and Yes. As a victim I was justified in fiery feelings. But I know that those accused are the friends, parents, and family members of other people. Hard stop. NONE. I’ll be fine. I’ve never claimed to be perfect. I had to take a step back and realise that in my own activism while I fight hard with passion- I need to evolve. The reason I haven’t released a statement is because I’ve frankly been extremely humbled by this event. Victims also shouldn’t be told how they should react or what they should say about their abusers. Its sad to lose a friend connection, but whats even more sad is what happened to Jimmy Bennet. In the past I have been occasionally angry. However as allies to the victim and voyeurs of an event we should find a better way to balance support of the victim with due process for the accused.
However, the Charmed alum held nothing back due to friendship or otherwise.
Rain Dove continued on communicating with Asia occasionally after meeting her- and their conversations have been their own. So it was not a surprise to me that I received that call and the messages from them. I’ve referred to Asia in the past as “My Ride or Die” and said very clearly that their friendship comes first. I know that coming to me with those messages must have been hard for Rain because of that so I commend them for their bravery. While they are a person who is good at keeping a secret for those dedicated to making things right- they are also justice driven. I know Rain is a person to whom many high profile entities consult when they are experiencing social pressures because Rain is good at guiding them through the research confrontation, rehabilitation, and solution process.
A lot of people have been demanding answers and a response to the recent events surrounding Asia Argento’s sexual assault case. I would first of all like to start off this statement saying thank you for your patience. I am not. Many people believe that because we have been close in each other’s lives over the past year that perhaps I am affiliated with this incident or being complicit.
In her second set of remarks since stories of Argento being involved with minor Jimmy Bennett and paying him off for silence, the fellow Weinstein victim and Brave author detailed not only their friendship but also her role in the situation and her insight into a personal evolution.
Here is the full statement from Rose McGowan today on Asia Argento and the allegations against her:
We must use it to allow us to become stronger. At this current moment it may be easy to focus on the drama of the situation. We can not let this moment break the momentum of a movement that has freed so many people. More compassionate. And supporting each other. And More organised. Supporting honesty. More aware. But the real focus should be on supporting justice. The conspiracy.
We were able to talk through them together and champion each other’s voices. I first met Asia on a red carpet, but it’s only been the past year through our shared experience of the HW case that we have bonded. Something I had posted on my IG just about a month ago. It’s no secret to anyone that Im a blunt, candid, brazen individual vocally- and I think that’s what I really related to Asia the most with. They were edgy, confrontational, and strong willed with very little care about how much other’s liked or disliked them. Rare things to find in women in this industry or the world. We even got matching dot tattoos! Asia was a person who understood my trauma in a way that many others didn’t.
But then everything changed. They are inappropriate.” There were a few other details revealed as well that I am not at liberty to mention in this statement as investigators do their job. They said that they had been texting with Asia and that Asia had revealed that she had indeed slept with Jimmy Bennet. I received a phone call and series of messages from the being I’ve been dating- Rain Dove. In an instant. Rain also shared that Asia had stated that she’d been receiving unsolicited nudes of Jimmy since he had been 12. Asia mentioned in these texts that she didn’t take any action on those images. Not even a simple message “Don’t send me these images. No reporting to authorities, to the parents, or blocking of Jimmy’s social media.
"Be the person you wish Harvey could have been," Rose McGowan bluntly asked Asia Argento today in a lengthy statement addressing the sexual assault claims against the filmmaker, activist and alleged Harvey Weinstein victim.