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Rose McGowan to Asia Argento: Sorry for My 'Serious' Mistake

Argento has (kind of) accepted McGowan's apology over text messages
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 28, 2018 8:24 AM CDT
Actress Rose McGowan speaks during OZY Fest on July 21, 2018, in New York.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

(Newser) – Ever since Asia Argento found herself in hot water, she and fellow #MeToo activist Rose McGowan have been embroiled in a bitter back-and-forth. Now, per the Guardian, McGowan is apologizing to Argento, noting that an Aug. 27 statement she put out had a quite "serious" error. "I said that the unsolicited nude text messages Asia received from Jimmy Bennett had been sent since Jimmy was 12 years old," McGowan wrote. She said the exchange actually took place when Bennett was 17—"still legally a minor in California, but notably different from a 12-year-old."

McGowan added: "I do not feel that it is my place to comment further," but that "I now appreciate that it was not as I thought it was." Argento threatened to sue McGowan earlier this month if she didn't walk back some of her accusations, but tweeted she was "grateful" for McGowan's mea culpa, though "if [McGowan] had issued it earlier, I may have kept my job on X-Factor and avoided the constant accusations of paedophilia which I have been subjected to in real-life and online." One final word of advice for McGowan: "Now go on, live your life and stop hurting other people, will you Rose? Best wishes." (Read more Rose McGowan stories.)

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