Asia Argento Threatens Rose McGowan With Legal Action in Midst of Sexual Harassment Claim

Argento's status as a spokesperson for the #MeToo movement has been called into question after reports emerged that the actress reached a $380,000 settlement with a man who accused her of assault

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Asia Argento is threatening legal action against Rose McGowan. On Twitter, Argento gave McGowan 24 hours to retract claims she made detailing how she discovered that Argento had reportedly paid off actor Jimmy Bennett, who alleges the actress assaulted him when he was 17 years old.

"Dear @RoseMcGowan," Argento tweeted. "It is with genuine regret that I am giving you 24 hours to retract and apologise 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 were drawn together after both women came forward detailing sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein.

However, Argento's status as a spokesperson for the #MeToo movement has been called into question after reports emerged 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.

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