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Rain Dove: Here's Why I Reported Asia Argento's Texts

Model who is dating Rose McGowan speaks out, denies leaking texts to TMZ
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 30, 2018 3:01 AM CDT
Actresses Asia Argento, left, and Rose McGowan participate in a demonstration to mark the international Women's Day in Rome, Thursday, March 8, 2018.   (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

(Newser) – Rain Dove, the model dating Rose McGowan whose texts with Asia Argento about Jimmy Bennett got leaked to TMZ, confirms what McGowan said earlier this week: Dove reported the text messages to law enforcement after Argento allegedly admitted in them that she had sex with a then-17-year-old Bennett when she was 37. "The whole entire thing really just tipped at the point of yes, this person engaged with this individual when they were a minor and that is considered in California, I believe it's statutory rape," Dove tells CNN. Dove met Argento in June through McGowan, who got close to the Italian actress after they both came forward to say they had been raped by Harvey Weinstein. Dove tells the New York Times that Argento reached out to them (Dove is gender nonbinary and prefers nongendered pronouns) the day before the Times broke the story about Argento and Bennett.

"[Argento] said, 'Someone has some dirt on me. I’m in really, really big trouble," Dove tells the Times. Dove says Argento was looking for support, and initially denied having sex with Bennett, but later admitted to it. Dove advised her to be honest, but when she came out with her official statement after the Times story broke—in which she denied having sex with Bennett—Dove contacted the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, which is investigating the case. Dove tells Fox News that Argento called them a "monster" after finding out the texts had been reported. "I just told her that in order for there to be justice, there has to be truth, and that justice will find its way, but you have to have truth on the table, and she was really angry at that," Dove says. Dove adds that Argento accused Dove and McGowan of also leaking the texts to TMZ, but Dove insists someone else is responsible for that; Dove did share the texts with a small group of people in order to ask for advice. Dove has also released a lengthy statement on Instagram. (Read more Asia Argento stories.)

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