Rain Dove explains why they turned Asia Argento texts to the police in an interview with Fox News Wednesday.
Rain Dove, model Rose McGowan called in its statement on Monday, confirmed to give the researchers a series of text messages in which Asia Argento reportedly admitted to a sexual contact with a minor.
“I did it because it is simply the right thing to do,” Dove, who prefers non-gendered pronouns, told Fox News Wednesday.
“I gave this person the opportunity to be honest, and they chose not to, and I didn’t want to be complicit, so I turned him to the police,” the 28-year-old explained.
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According to Dove, the text for the exchange of messages and began when Argento reached on the day for the New York Times article was published. In the bom report, Argento was accused by child-star Jimmy Bennett of setting up a sexual encounter with him in California in 2013, when he was 17 and she was 37. The legal age of consent in California is 18 years old.
“Actually said:” I am in deep sh–. I just got this message, like, I’m going to sink,” said Dove of the first message.
Attached is an official statement with respect to the Asia Argento and Jimmy Bennett case. Xx pic.twitter.com/oO3llw8oLz
— Rain Dove (@raindovemodel) August 29, 2018
When The New York Times reached Argento and its representatives from commenting on the upcoming report, Dove advised the actress to how to respond, according to the outlet.
“I spoke to her and asked her how many of the BS was and how much it really was, and she said that she was completely 100 percent innocent, and she just wanted to get back on track to being an activist in the community,” Dove told Fox News. “So I offered to help walk her through the process of what they should be to help clear her name.”
Dove went on to explain that during the process, while the question of Argento questions, ” it became increasingly clear that this person was not only not tell the truth, but that they do not intend ever to tell the truth to the public.”
“At the end of it, we went from ‘Never slept with anyone and not do anything’ to ‘I slept with this person. I have naked pictures of them for years and have not been reported and/or ask them to stop, and I’ve continued my communication with this person in a sexual way.'”
Dove emphasized again that they gave Argento a chance, let the 42-year-old know that they “felt very strongly that they should do something about it, they should say something, and try to live up to its own ethos.”
However, two days after The New York Times article was published, Argento released a statement denying the accusations, said in a statement given to the reporter Yashar Ali: “I strongly deny and oppose the content of the New York Times article, dated 20 August 2018, spread also in the national and international news.
“I am deeply shocked and grieved by the reading of the news that is absolutely false. I have never had a sexual relationship with Bennett.”
Dove said she turned over the text messages to the police in order not to “rob” Bennett “truth” or the New York Times journalist who published in the report “of her integrity.” Bird also said that she wanted to Argento “able to stand behind the truth that she demanded other people had.”
“This was not a revenge thing, a punishment or a lesson for life,” Dove said, and noted that “in the long term”, that is better for Argento to go through a fair process.
“If they are able to come back and really fix with the community, I think it’s going to make her a stronger ally for the #MeToo movement,” Dove explained, adding: “They will be one of the few faces that has not only a victim, but the defendant, and they can bridge a gap, but to see that she is on her own actions.”
Dove said she about the messages to the police quietly, and asked McGowan, 44, who introduced them to remain silent about it as well.
“Then someone leaked to the press, and a lot of speculation swirled about who the mysterious friend, AKA, that I was, but nobody knew who it was,” said the Pigeon, who explains that a few others were to blame as Asia’s “friend,” and that is the reason why Dove decided to speak.
“I realized that I wanted to remain silent and anonymous, but unfortunately, people were injured in the process, so I came forward to take responsibility for that, so that way there was not going to be further damage to the other the lives of the people about something that was my doing.”
Dove continued, “I spoke to [Argento] after the text was leaked, and she was convinced that Rose and I had leaked the text messages, but of course, in fact, we have not.”
The model said she told Argento, they are about the messages. “I told her, ‘I have to be honest, I brought them to the police.’ She said that I’m a monster!”
Dove added, “I told her that in order for the justice, there is truth, and that justice will find its way, but you need the truth on the table, and she was really angry.”
A rep for Argento not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
On Wednesday, Dove also released a long statement on Twitter with the text: “I can confirm that the sms messages are indeed between Asia Argento and myself.”
The statement continues: “When I reported them to the police I remained silent social, because I don’t want a part of the story or distract from the path to justice.”
“While the conflict can feel the darkness of the situation is cut and dry,” she added. “An individual who admitted to sexual intercourse with a minor (depending on the age listed by California), that is an illegal act that can qualify as rape. And as such, are allowed to receive continued nude photos without the report/block the account/the written rejection and/or action.
“When the individual made it clear that they are not honest about their engagement, I turned into materials that can contribute to an honest investigation,” Dove explained. “All the victims deserve justice. Justice can seldom or never exist without honesty.”
Dove went on to say that Argento “asked for assistance” in the case “to declare complete innocence,” Dove “systemic took them through the list of things that she would have to clear their name.”
However, after explaining that they must “have the intention to do what is necessary to correct a situation,” Dove shared that the actress “did not have that intention.”
“This is a person who represents a certain ideal, and who has called for all of those who are accused of sexual abuse to be honest about their experiences in order to give justice for the victims,” Dove said. “But when the NYT statement, in Asia, which denied any sexual relations that when it became clear that they were not going to their own ethics.”
Dove found that Argento sent the “original declaration” to them was public and before they allegedly “had admitted their sexual intercourse.”
“They were dismissive of the victim, put the integrity of the reporter Kim Severson to make use of the debt, the power of the opinion of their former partner, Anthony Bourdain, and are deprived all parties of their truth,” Dove said of Argento’s statement, adding that “It was painful to read.”
Dove continued, “I had hoped that the story would change after our conversation, but unfortunately the piece went straight to the press.”
The model explained that before they the information that they had with the police, they spoke with McGowan.
“I was a little nervous because I knew that Asia was an important person in Rose’s life,” Dove said, pointing: “When confronted with the messages and the knowledge that I was going to go to the police, Rose immediately agreed that it was the correct action to take.
“No begging or bargaining. No anger. Just very matter of fact,” they shared. “I know this is a painful loss of community in Rose’s life, and I am proud of her dedication to the truth. Its tempting to do too much on the coverage of their loved ones during difficult times, but when a victim is involved, on the other hand, we must think of them. Where justice has no prejudices.”
Last week, Bennett, now 22, he broke the silence in a statement obtained by the Deadline, saying: “I knew in the first instance, not to speak about my story, because I chose to discuss it in private with the person that done to me.
“My trauma again as she came out as a victim himself. I have not made a public statement in recent days and hours, because I was ashamed and afraid to be a part of the public story.”
On 19 August, The New York Times reported, citing court documents, that Argento paid approximately $380,000 to Bennett, after he confronted her about the alleged sexual encounter that took place in 2013 in a California hotel room.
In the documents, Bennett sought to sue Argento for the alleged meeting at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Marina del Rey, California. At that time, Bennett allegedly showed him the notes she had previously written to him and gave him alcohol. She then allegedly kissed him, pushed him back on the bed, performed oral sex on him and then the two had sexual intercourse.
This past Wednesday, TMZ published a photo and text messages that have appeared in contradiction with Argento’s claim that nothing sexual happened between she and Bennett.
The celebrity gossip site reported that the photo of Argento and Bennett in which they both appeared topless – was taken in a hotel room back in 2013. Citing “sources,” TMZ reported that the photo was taken after the “lovemaking.”
TMZ has also published text messages, allegedly between Argento and one of her friends,” last week, in which a person, the site claimed Argento was allowed to have sex with a minor. It was unclear how TMZ obtained the photo and the alleged conversation.