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Asia Argento Speaks Up In Italian TV Interview: 'I Would Like To Go Back To X Factor'

Asia Argento is speaking up following the allegations made against her.

The 43-year-old director and actress appeared on Italian TV show La7’s Non e l’Arena (It’s Not the Arena), hosted by journalist Massimo Giletti, on Sunday night (September 30) and refuted all of her accuser Jimmy Bennett‘s claims, saying she was the one who was assaulted by him.

“I would like to go back to X Factor, to do my job, because my children are proud of me, Italy wants me and I have not done anything that I’m accused of,” Asia expressed (via THR). “The thing that hurt me most was being called ‘pedophile.’ I have children and that is a stigma that I do not wish for anyone.”

Asia compared the assault to being raped by Harvey Weinstein and said her biggest regret was failing to defend herself: “I had not even defended myself in the meeting with Weinstein,” she said. “I think it’s because of some childhood trauma.”

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Rose McGowan Apologizes to Asia Argento, Asia Responds

Rose McGowan has issued an apology to Asia Argento after Asia publicly demanded an apology or she would pursue legal action.

If you don’t know, Rose issued a lengthy reaction statement pertaining to Asia and her sexual misconduct scandal regarding a former child actor named Jimmy Bennett.

““In my statement, I challenged why Asia had not acted as I think any responsible adult would if they received sexually explicit messages from a 12 year old, which of course do not apply in the same way as when the situation involves a 17 year old, who had admitted harboring misguided fantasies about their mentor since they were 12,” Rose wrote. “I deeply regret not correcting my mistake sooner and apologize to Asia for not doing so.”

Asia responded on Twitter, writing, “Although I am grateful to @rosemcgowan for her full apology following her groundless allegations about me, if she 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.”

She added, “Now go on, live your life and stop hurting other people, will you Rose? Best wishes.”

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Asia Argento Threatens Rose McGowan with a Lawsuit

Asia Argento is threatening to sue former pal Rose McGowan for the statements she made several weeks ago.

If you don’t know, Rose issued a lengthy reaction statement pertaining to Asia and her sexual misconduct scandal regarding a former child actor named Jimmy Bennett.

On Monday (September 17), Asia took to Twitter and wrote, “Dear @RoseMcGowan. 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.”

Rose has not yet issued a public response.

Asia Argento Claims Jimmy Bennett 'Sexually Attacked' Her

Asia Argento‘s lawyer Mark Jay Heller has released a statement claiming she was sexually attacked by her accuser Jimmy Bennett, who was 17 years old at the time of the alleged incident.

“The relationship was a long distance friendship over many years. As revealed in texts messages published by TMZ, Asia stated ‘The horny kid jumped me…I had sex with him it felt weird.’ She went on to relate that she became ‘frozen’ when he was on top of her and he told her that she had been his sexual fantasy since he was 12 years old,” Heller said (via ABC News). “Asia chose at the time not to prosecute Bennett for sexually attacking her.”

If you don’t know, Asia was accused of sexually assaulting Jimmy in a hotel room and later paying him off. Jimmy, 22, recently broke his silence on what happened.

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