Asia Argento, an outspoken advocate of the #MeToo movement and a Harvey Weinstein accuser, recently denied that she sexually assaulted former co-star Jimmy Bennett when he was 17 years old and she was 37. However, shortly after her denial, text messages that were reportedly Argento’s were leaked to TMZ, which seem to support Bennett’s accusations against the actress.
On Monday, actress and fellow proponent of #MeToo, Rose McGowan, released a statement that named model and activist Rain Dove as the person who brought the incriminating text messages between Argento and Dove to the police.
Dove is a 28-year-old model, actor, and activist. Recently, Dove appeared in Refinery29’s produced web series on Facebook, Strangers.
In her statement, McGowan says that she introduced Argento to Dove — the “being [she’s] been dating” — after the death of Argento’s boyfriend Anthony Bourdain. Together, McGowan, Dove, and Argento visited Berlin, where Argento “mentioned that she was being extorted for a large sum of money every month by someone who was blackmailing [Argento and Bourdain] with a provocative image.” Neither McGowan nor Dove knew at the time that the person was now 22-year-old Bennett.
Dove, who goes by the “they” pronoun, continued to text with Argento after their meeting, according to McGowan. “They said that they had been texting with Asia and that Asia had revealed that she had indeed slept with Jimmy Bennett. Rain also shared that Asia had stated that she’d been receiving unsolicited nudes of Jimmy since he had been 12,” McGowan states.
Dove informed McGowan that they wanted to take the text messages to the police. “An hour after our conversation was finished, Rain Dove confirmed that they had turned over the texts and were in conversation with officers. Almost 48 hours later, the texts were in the press.”
On Wednesday, Dove wrote a tweet seemingly aimed at Argento, stating, “Friend, family, acquaintance it doesn’t matter when it comes to justice — you do not get special treatment.”
The truth helps me sleep well at night. That’s why it’s coming out no matter what. Friend, family, acquaintance it doesn’t matter when it comes to justice- you do not get special treatment. You get equal treatment. Hope you’re ready. #MeToo pic.twitter.com/xvn9aFWx7G
— Rain Dove (@raindovemodel) August 22, 2018
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