Rose McGowan: I Didn't Help Asia Argento Cover Up Her Crime!

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Although Rose McGowan says she's heartbroken over the accusations that Asia Argento slept with a minor and paid to cover it up, some have wondered what she knew of it, and when.

Both, after all, were very close over the past year, and were outspoken early voices in the #MeToo movement.

Rose is clearing the air and revealing exactly when and what she learned about Asia's current scandal.


In a very lengthy statement to E!Rose McGowan explains the extent of her involvement in Asia Argento's case.

"Many people believe that because we have been close in each other's lives over the past year," Rose writes. "That perhaps I am affiliated with this incident or being complicit."

"I am not," Rose affirms.

She says that, through their shared experience with Harvey Weinstein, she and Rose "were able to talk through them [their experiences] together and champion each other's voices."

But she says that there were things about Asia that she did not know, and makes it very clear what she did know and when.

Rose McGowan, Silver Eyes

Rose mentions that she referred Asia to her partner, Rain Dove.

Rose describes Rain as "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."

And while Rose knew that Asia needed help, she says that there were limits to what Asia had told her.

"While in Berlin," Rose writes. "Asia had mentioned that she was being extorted for a large sum of money every month."

"No one in the room knew who the extortionist was," Rose says. "Now we know it to be a reference to this case."

Rose mcGowan, Instagram Selfie

Apparently, Asia and Rain kept contact, during which "Asia had revealed that she had indeed slept with Jimmy Bennett."

Rose then makes an explosive statement: "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," Rose says. "No reporting to authorities, to the parents, or blocking of Jimmy's social media."

Rose says that apparently Asia hadn't sent "even a simple message 'Don't send me these images. 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," Rose says.

Rose McGowan in Red

Ultimately, Rose shares, she and Rain spoke and decided that it would be best if Rain went to the police with what they knew.

Rose says that "almost 48 hours later the texts were in the press."

That would be these Asia Argento texts.

"It was not a surprise to me that I received that call and the messages from them," Rose admits. "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," Rose adds. "So I commend them for their bravery."

Asia Argento, Cannes Speech 2018

"Asia you were my friend," Rose says. "I loved you. You've spent and risked a lot to stand with the MeToo movement."

A movement that some opportunists are hoping will lose credibility even though, obviously, the vast majority of the women who have shared their stories are not also women who've banged minors.

"I really hope you find your way through this process to rehabilitation and betterment," Rose says compassionately. "Anyone can be be better- I hope you can be, too."

"Do the right thing," Rose implores her. "Be honest. Be fair. Let justice stay its course. Be the person you wish Harvey could have been."

We somehow suspect that Asia will not appreciate the comparison, even if Rose was certainly not equating the two.

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