It’s been 10 days since Asia Argento threatened to sue Rose McGowan if the actress didn’t retract a statement regarding sexual assault allegations against her within 24 hours. Now a month after he initial statement, McGowan has apologized to Argento.
“On 27 August I released a statement about Asia Argento, which I now realized contained a number of facts that were not correct,” McGowan writes in a statement shared on Twitter. “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 exchanged 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,” the statement continues.
Last month, McGowan released a statement urging Asia Argento to “do the right thing” and own up to her alleged assault of an underaged teen. It followed a New York Times piece that revealed Argento had been accused of assaulting then-17-year-old child actor Jimmy Bennett and later settled for $380,000.
“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,” McGowan now writes.“I deeply regret not correcting my mistake sooner and apologize to Asia for not doing so.”
Argento accepted McGowan’s apology on Twitter, but laments it did not come sooner. “If she had issued it earlier, I may have kept my job on X-Factor and avoided the constant accusations of pedophilia which I have been subjected to in real-life and online,” Argento tweeted.