After Asia Argento was accused of sexually assaulting 17-year-old Jimmy Bennett back in 2013 when Asia was 37 (a situation Asia continues to claim she’s the real victim of), her former friend Rose McGowan had some accusations of her own. Specifically, the implication that Asia had been sexting with Jimmy when he was as young as 12. Asia was not happy about what Rose had to say, and she threatened to sue Rose for libel. In a move I like to call “How to avoid a libel lawsuit 101,” Rose has decided that the things she said about Asia aren’t things she wanted to say, and has issued and official retraction.
Rose originally went off of some info obtained by her partner, Rain Dove Dubilewski. Rain claimed to have texts from Asia in which she allegedly confessed to having sex with an underage Jimmy, and had received nudes from Jimmy when he was 12. Rain retracted the part about Jimmy being 12, saying on Twitter that the actual age was 17. Rose refused to take back any accusations she had made, and that’s when Asia threatened the lawsuit. Asia also told DailyMailTV earlier this week that the “lies” Rose told had “destroyed her life.”
Today Rose tweeted this:
“On 27 August I released a statement about Asia Argento, which I now realized contained a number of facts that were not correct. 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 exchange 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).
I do not feel that it is my 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.
In my statement, I challenged why Asia had not acted as I think any responsible adult would if they received sexually explicit messages from a 12 year old, which of course do not apply in the same way as when the situation involves a 17 year old, who had admitted harboring misguided fantasies about their mentor since they were 12. I deeply regret not correcting my mistakes sooner and apologize to Asia for not doing so.”
Asia has responded to Rose’s retraction, and she countered it with a bit of a “Thanks for nothing” moment. Asia was fired from her job on X Factor Italy, and she’s sort of blaming Rose for that. She also got in a subtle final dig at Rose.
Now go on, live your life and stop hurting other people, will you Rose? Best wishes.
— Asia Argento (@AsiaArgento) September 27, 2018
I wonder how many times it took for Asia to type up that last tweet. I bet every time she went to type “best wishes,” Twitter’s auto-correct would kick in and offer any number of suggestions. “Did you mean Best Western? Botched waxjob? Look, I’ve seen the tweets you’ve been sending back and forth, and there’s no way you’re sincerely wishing her the best.”