Rose McGowan nailed by critics and Weinstein’s attorney after ‘slap in the face’ urge to be ‘gentle’ on Asia Argento

Rose McGowan’s defense of fellow actress and friend Asia Argento amid sexual assault claims is earning her some heavy backlash.

McGowan called for people to “be gentle” on Argento who, it was revealed in a bombshell report, had paid $380,000 to an actor accusing her of sexually assaulting him when he was 17 years old.

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Along with McGowan, Argento the girlfriend of the late Anthony Bourdain, played a key role in exposing sexual assault and harassment claims against disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

“I got to know Asia Argento ten months ago. Our commonality is the shared pain of being assaulted by Harvey Weinstein. My heart is broken. I will continue my work on behalf of victims everywhere,” McGowan tweeted in response to a New York Times report that Argento allegedly assaulted then-underage former child star Jimmy Bennett, in a California hotel room in 2013.

McGowan was slammed on social media following her comments, with many, including actor Harry Cook, accusing her of “hypocrisy” and having “double standards” for male victims of sexual assault.

American Enterprise Institute scholar, Christina Hoff Sommers, reminded McGowan of her own words.

“Y’all love calling out abusers/rapists but the second one of your friends turns out to be one, you say stuff like this,” read one tweet that garnered thousands of responses.

Some called on GQ magazine to revoke the Inspiration award bestowed on McGowan at the 21st annual GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2018.

Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer responded the report about Argento, slamming the woman who “sought to destroy” his client.

“This development reveals a stunning level of hypocrisy by Asia Argento, one of the most vocal catalysts who sought to destroy Harvey Weinstein,” attorney Benjamin Brafman told Fox News.

“What is perhaps most egregious, is the timing, which suggests that at the very same time Argento was working on her own secret settlement for the alleged sexual abuse of a minor, she was positioning herself at the forefront of those condemning Mr. Weinstein, despite the fact that her sexual relationship with Mr. Weinstein was between two consenting adults which lasted for more than four years,” he added.

“The sheer duplicity of her conduct is quite extraordinary and should demonstrate to everyone how poorly the allegations against Mr. Weinstein were actually vetted and accordingly, cause all of us to pause and allow due process to prevail, not condemnation by fundamental dishonesty,” Brafman said.


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