Rose McGowan is heartbroken over the allegations against Asia Argento.
On Sunday, The New York Times published a report claiming Argento paid off a former child star who had accused her of sexual assault. Like McGowan, Argento had accused Harvey Weinstein of rape and been an early leader of the #MeToo movement. Weinstein has denied allegations of non-consensual sex.
After news of the reports spread, McGowan took to Twitter to weigh in on the allegations.
“I got to know Asia Argento ten months ago. Our commonality is the shared pain of being assaulted by Harvey Weinstein,” she tweeted on Monday. “My heart is broken. I will continue my work on behalf of victims everywhere.”
She then added, “None of know the truth of the situation and I’m sure more will be revealed. Be gentle.”
According to The New York Times, the Italian actress agreed to pay Jimmy Bennett $380,000 after he alleged she sexually assaulted him in a California hotel room when he was 17 years old. The newspaper claimed the allegations and payment arrangements were laid out in a set of documents received by the newspaper through an encrypted email sent by an unidentified party.
E! News has not been able to independently review the documents. Argento has also not responded to The New York Times‘ or E! News’ requests for comment. In addition, Bennett did not agree to The New York Times‘ request for an interview.
According to The New York Times‘ report, the alleged incident took place in 2013. The newspaper, citing the documents, claimed Bennett arrived at Argento’s hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Ray, Calif. with a family member on May 9 of that year. Per the report, Argento asked the family member to leave and gave him an alcoholic beverage to drink while they reviewed notes. The article claimed she then “kissed him, pushed him back on the bed, removed his pants and performed oral sex.” She then allegedly “climbed on top of him and the two had intercourse.” The New York Times claimed she then asked Bennett to take photos of the two of them.
The newspaper claimed Bennett was under California’s age of consent at the time.
After the alleged incident, Bennett reportedly had lunch with Argento and then headed home feeling “extremely confused, mortified and degusted.” According to The New York Times he later asked for $3.5 million in damages for “intentional infliction of emotional distress, lost wages, assault and battery.” Per The New York Times, he made more than $2.7 million in the five years before the alleged incident and his income has since dropped to below $60,000 a year, which he reportedly attributes to trauma from the alleged encounter.
Argento allegedly agreed to pay him the $380,000 over the course of a year and a half and started with an initial payment of $200,000, which was reportedly made in April.
According to The New York Times, the parties’ agreement does not prevent either party from discussing the alleged incident; however, Bennett cannot sue or disparage Argento as long as she complies with the agreement. Further, he cannot post the photo of them together, of which Argento reportedly owns the copyright.