Rose McGowan’s partner Rain Dove revealed why they sent text messages to police showing that Asia Argento admitted to having sex with a minor.
Dove, a gender non-conforming model dating #MeToo activist McGowan issued a statement Wednesday on Twitter.
Dove said: "While the conflict may feel murky- the situation is cut and dry. An individual admitted to sexual engagement with a minor (according to the age stated by California) which is an illegal act that can qualify as statutory rape. As well as such they admitted to receiving continued nude images without reporting/blocking the account/written rejection/or action. When the individual made it clear that they were not going to be honest about their engagement, I turned in materials that may contribute towards an honest investigation. All victims deserve justice. Justice can rarely exist without honesty."
Dove continued, saying it is "important to support and believe the victim — while also allowing for due process."
Dove added that they took the texts to the police, not the press, and that a "third party" sold the texts to TMZ, a gossip website that published them. In one leaked text, Argento allegedly admits to having sex with Bennett: "I had sex with him it felt weird. I didn’t know he was a minor until the shakedown letter."
"This is a person who represents a certain ideal and who has called out for all those accused of sexual assault to be honest about their experiences in order to allow justice for the victims, However when the NYT statement came out, in which Asia denied any sexual engagement that’s when it became clear that they were not going to follow their own ethics."