Rose McGowan mentioned Monday she was heartbroken after a bombshell report revealed Asia Argento agreed to pay $380,000 to an actor who accused her of sexually assaulting him when he was 17 years previous.
“I received to know Asia Argento ten months in the past,” McGowan wrote in a tweet. “Our commonality is the shared ache of being assaulted by Harvey Weinstein. My coronary heart is damaged. I’ll proceed my work on behalf of victims in every single place.”
Argento is likely one of the first outstanding ladies to accuse disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault. She is accused of assaulting a then-underage former little one star in a California resort room in 2013, The New York Instances reported. The age of consent in California is 18.
Neither Argento’s representatives nor the accuser’s lawyer instantly responded to Fox Information’ request for remark.
The newspaper obtained paperwork despatched between attorneys for Argento and the accuser that laid out a cost schedule. The paper additionally obtained dated Could 9, 2013 that confirmed the 2 mendacity in a mattress collectively.
On that date, in line with a discover of intent to sue doc despatched to Argento’s then-lawyer in November, Argento allegedly met the accuser on the Ritz-Carlton resort in Marina del Rey, Calif. After giving him alcohol, Argento kissed him and carried out oral intercourse on him earlier than the 2 had sexual activity, the report mentioned.
The discover of intent requested for $three.5 million in damages. The Instances reported that the ultimate settlement was reached in April of this yr.
Argento, now 42, performed a outstanding function within the downfall of Weinstein, the previous head of Miramax. In October of final yr, The New Yorker revealed allegations by Argento that Weinstein forcibly carried out oral intercourse on her in 1997.
Argento and McGowan have been among the many actresses who gave rise to the worldwide #MeToo motion and prompted a re-examination of the conduct of outstanding males in different industries, most notably media and leisure.
Weinstein has since been charged in New York with first- and third-degree rape and first-degree fee of a prison intercourse act. He faces as much as 37 years in jail if convicted.
Fox Information’ Sam Chamberlain contributed to this report.