Asia Argento has been axed from X Factor Italy after facing sexual assault allegations earlier this month, according to multiple reports. Her friend Rose McGowan also issued a blistering statement calling for her to the person "you wish Harvey could have been."
The Italian actress became one of the most vocal advocates in the #MeToo Movement, and was one of the first to allege that Harvey Weinstein assaulted her. Since she spoke out, more than 80 women have leveled claims of misconduct, including rape, against the Oscar-winning producer.
When claims that the 42-year-old assaulted former child actor Jimmy Bennett surfaced in the New York Times, she strongly denied the allegations made in the report. Bennett accused her of assaulting him when he was 17, and she was 37; Argento claims she paid him $380K after her late boyfriend Anthony Bourdain encouraged her to.
Argento was fired from X Factor over the weekend. A new judge will be announced September 5th.
Her fellow Weinstein accuser, #MeToo warrior and friend McGowan distanced herself from Argento on Monday. She released a lengthy statement, saying that Argento admitted to sleeping with Bennett to her partner, Rain Dove. She says that Argento claimed an unnamed person (whom she now assumes was Bennett) was extorting her.
"Its sad to lose a friend connection, but whats sic even more sad is what happened to Jimmy Bennet," she says. "Whether or not the extortion case is true- it wasn’t fair and it wasn’t right. It is the type of thing I fight against alongside so many."
She calls on her to be the person she wishes Weinstein could be.
"Asia you were my friend. 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," McGowan says. "Anyone can be 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."
But British star Lysette Anthony is defending her. "I cannot stand by while Asia Argento is hurled under a bus," Anthony said in an interview with The Sunday Times.
"She has been extraordinarily courageous standing up to Weinstein. And now she's being punished."
"She's being vilified and abused," she said.