Rose McGowan says her heart is "broken" after reading that her friend and fellow Harvey Weinstein accuser Asia Argento quietly paid off her own assault accuser.
"I got to know Asia Argento ten months ago. Our commonality is the shared pain of being assaulted by Harvey Weinstein," McGowan tweeted on Monday. "My heart is broken. I will continue my work on behalf of victims everywhere."
On Sunday, the New York Times issued a bombshell report claiming Argento paid Jimmy Bennett $380,000 after he accused her of sexual assault. Bennett, who once played her son in a movie, accused her of assaulting him in a California hotel room when he was 17 and she was 37. The Times cited documents claiming Argento gave him alcohol, then pushed him on the bed, performed oral sex on him and then climbed on top to have intercourse with him.
McGowan and Argento were two of the most vocal leaders of the #MeToo movement, in addition to being some of the first of dozens of women who accused Weinstein of misconduct, including rape. McGowan, 44, and Argento, 42, have frequently supported each other on social media and in real life.
McGowan reportedly rallied to Argento’s support after her celebrity chef boyfriend Anthony Bourdain committed suicide in June, and Argento appeared on McGowan’s reality series E!'s Citizen Rose to share her story of assault.
Sources tell TMZ that Argento will not be charged because the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department will only investigate sex crimes if the alleged victim complains. Also, Bennett is now 22, and while they may have opened an investigation into the case if he were still a minor, they have no plans to as of now.
Argento, who is set to appear on X Factor Italy as a judge, will be fired if the allegations are true, producers say. Producers put out a statement that reads in part: "Sky Italia and FremantleMedia Italia have read today with great attention and in astonishment the news regarding Asia Argento published by the New York Times. … if the allegations reported by the New York Times today were to be confirmed, the issue would be absolutely inconsistent with Sky’s ethical principles and values and therefore - in full agreement with FremantleMedia - we would have no choice but to take note of it and put an end to the collaboration with Asia Argento."
Neither Argento nor Bennett have spoken out about the report yet.