Hollywood Sex Scandals 2018: Argento Threatens Legal Action Against Former Friend and Current Activist Rose McGowan

Italian actress-director Asia Argento is threatening legal action against actress and political activist Rose McGowan.

On Twitter, Argento gave McGowan 24 hours to retract claims she has made detailing how she discovered that Argento had reportedly paid off actor Jimmy Bennett, who claims that the actress-director sexually assaulted him when he was a minor–17 years old.

“Dear @RoseMcGowan,” Argento tweeted. “It is with genuine regret that I am giving you 24 hours to retract and apologize for the horrendous lies made against me in your statement of August 27th. If you fail to address this libel I will have no option other than to take immediate legal action.”

Argento and McGowan had previously been on friendly terms.  They bonded together after both came forward detailing sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein.

However, Argento’s status as a spokesperson for the #MeToo movement has been questioned after reports that the actress reached a $380,000 settlement with Bennett at the end of last year. Argento claims that her late boyfriend, “Parts Unknown” host Anthony Bourdain, put up the money for the settlement and denies that she ever had sexual relationship with Bennett.

After the story broke, McGowan said that her partner, Rain Dove, told her that Argento had slept with Bennett when he was underage and that she had been receiving unsolicited nude photos of Bennett since he was 12 years old.