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Be who you wish Weinstein could've been: McGowan

Los Angeles: Rose McGowan has called upon Asia Argento, who is currently facing sexual abuse allegations, to come clean, saying "be the person you wish Harvey (Weinstein) could have been".

According to documents obtained by The New York Times, Argento made a deal with former child actor-musician Jimmy Bennett last year, whom she allegedly abused sexually, for the amount of USD 380,000, payable over the period of a year-and-a-half.

McGowan and Argento were among the first women in Hollywood to publicly accuse Weinstein for years of sexual misconduct and harassment in The New York Times last year.

McGowan said that her partner, model Rain Dove, told her in text messages, Argento had said that she had been receiving unsolicited nude photos of accuser Jimmy Bennett since the time he was 12 and had not informed the authorities or told him to stop sending the photos.

"They said that they had been texting with Asia and Asia revealed that she had indeed slept with Bennet. Rain also shared that Asia had stated that she'd been receiving unsolicited nudes of Jimmy since he had been 12.

Argento has denied assaulting Bennett, saying the actor wanted to extract money from her after her name came up in the Weinstein scandal.

She said rather than facing a court battle at a time when she was already dealing with a public case, Bourdain, decided to pay off Bennett.

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