Usually when a famous person loses their job after being accused of harassment and/or abuse, they might hide out until they think it’s safe to start a comeback. But Asia Argento – who was accused of sexually assaulting a then-17-year-old Jimmy Bennett when she was 37 – has decided that about six weeks away from X Factor Italy has been enough of a time-out, and she wants to go back.
Asia Argento is in the news again, but thankfully not because of any underage boys. It’s underage boys adjacent but not directly related.
You’ll remember that Rose McGowan and Asia bonded over getting allegedly abused by Harvey Weinstein and the #MeToo movement. Then things soured for them when Asia was accused of sexually assaulting an underage boy named Jimmy Bennet. Things continued to get worse between the two of them, with Rose’s partner Rain Dove giving text messages from Asia about the incident to the police. Then Rose really snapped and went ahead and accused Asia of lying, which she was eventually forced to retract.
According to Us Weekly, Asia wasn’t satisfied with the apology since she thinks that Rose’s words affected her career and the allegations of pedophilia which have followed her after all this came to light. And to show us how seriously mad she is, Asia went out and got herself a tattoo to commemorate the moment in her life she was accused of being a pedophile by her bestie. As one does.
After Asia Argento was accused of sexually assaulting 17-year-old Jimmy Bennett back in 2013 when Asia was 37 (a situation Asia continues to claim she’s the real victim of), her former friend Rose McGowan had some accusations of her own. Specifically, the implication that Asia had been sexting with Jimmy when he was as young as 12. Asia was not happy about what Rose had to say, and she threatened to sue Rose for libel. In a move I like to call “How to avoid a libel lawsuit 101,” Rose has decided that the things she said about Asia aren’t things she wanted to say, and has issued and official retraction.
Do I even need to specify that it’s extremely awkward and uncomfortable? Well, maybe for the people who missed Part 1 of Asia Argento’s extremely awkward and uncomfortable interview with DailyMailTV. The DailyMailTV dropped the second half of their exclusive interview with Asia Argento today. Yesterday Asia revealed that she was very angry after learning her boyfriend Anthony Bourdain took his own life. Now Asia is talking about the accusations she faced on the internet from people who accused her of being the reason Anthony died.
Before Asia Argento was accused of having sex with a 17-year-old named Jimmy Bennett in 2013, she might have been known as Rose McGowan’s fellow #MeToo soldier and friend. But ever since Asia began to fight against the accusations that she’s a sexual predator, Rose has slowly (very slowly) moved away from her. Eventually Rose accused Asia of being a major creep and liar. Asia isn’t happy that Rose has been running her mouth, and is threatening Rose with a lawsuit.
The Daily Beast is reporting that Asia Argento accuser Jimmy Bennett was himself accused of stalking, threatening, and “sexual offenses” by an ex-girlfriend in 2015. This situation is multi-layered like an onion. Except, it’s the kind of onion you wouldn’t use in a salad, or to make French onion soup, and you certainly wouldn’t pair it with peppers and put it on a cheesesteak. This onion should be thrown in a dumpster and the lid should be firmly shut with a satisfying clang after it.