Rose McGowan retracts statement about Asia Argento sexual assault accusations: ‘I deeply regret not correcting my mistake sooner’

Argento was accused of sexually assaulting former child star Jimmy Bennett when he was 17 years old

Rose McGowan has retracted her statement on the sexual assault allegations made against Asia Argento last month.

Argento was accused of sexually assaulting former child star Jimmy Bennett when he was 17 years old. The Italian actor denied the allegations, claiming it was her who was the victim in the incident.

McGowan had issued a statement when the allegations against Argento had been made public severing ties with her. The women were two of the first to come forward with claims against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

“Asia, you were my friend,” she had written. “I loved you. You’ve spent and risked a lot to stand with the #MeToo movement. I really hope you find your way through this process to rehabilitation and betterment. Anyone can be better ­– I hope you can be, too. Do the right thing. Be honest. Be fair. Let justice stay its course. Be the person you wish Harvey could have been.”

Argento later threatened to take legal action against McGowan if she didn’t take back the statement. Now, McGowan has apologised to her in a new message posted to her Twitter page.

“On 27 August I released a statement about Asia Argento, which I now realised contained a number of facts that were not correct,” she wrote. “The most serious of these was that I said that the unsolicited nude text messages Asia received from Jimmy Bennett had been sent since Jimmy was 12 years old.

“In fact, I had misunderstood the messages that Asia exchanged with my partner Rain Dove, which made clear that Jimmy had sent Asia inappropriate text messages only after they met up again when he was 17 (still legally a minor in California, but notably different from a 12 year old).”

She continued to say she did not feel that it was her place to comment further “on what happened at the Ritz Carlton in Marina del Rey hotel in May 2013, save to say that I now appreciate that it was not as I thought it was previously.”

She added: “I deeply regret not correcting my mistake sooner and apologise to Asia for not doing so.” Read the statement in full above.

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