The non-binary model who received texts from Asia Argento in which she admitted to having sex with an underage actor in 2013 has spoken out for the first time since the incriminating exchange was leaked.
Rain Dove, who neither prescribes to being male or female, is the person whose texts with Argento were revealed after the Italian actress denied ever sleeping with Jimmy Bennett, a child actor she met when he was seven.
They were introduced to Argento by Rose McGowan, her lover of several months.
In the texts, Argento claimed Bennett ‘jumped’ her in a hotel room in 2013. They were leaked to TMZ last week after Argento issued a strongly worded denial saying she never slept with Bennett but had been extorted by him.
Speaking in an interview with Today on Wednesday, Dove insisted it was not them who gave TMZ the texts but admits handing them over to police.
Rain Dove spoke out in an interview on Thursday to confirm giving the texts to police after watching Argento publicly deny sleeping with Jimmy Bennett
Asia Argento was accused of sexually assaulting child actor Jimmy Bennett. They are pictured together in May 2013 when he says the attack took place. She denied sleeping with him after quietly agreeing to pay him $380,000 this year. She claims her late boyfriend Anthony Bourdain paid him
The model said they had ‘no choice’ after watching Argento deny what they knew to be true.
‘I was not the person who leaked them to TMZ. I just wanted them to be a part of the legal process going forward.
‘When it became apparent that they were not going to allow for justice to occur or for truth to be on the table, I knew I had no choice but to go forward otherwise I would be complicit and I would be robbing another individual of their ability to be heard and their story,’ Dove said.
Dove was gentle in their analysis of how it the scandal has transpired.
‘I’m not anti-Asia or anti-anything. I just believe that Jimmy Bennett deserves to have justice and I believe that due process deserves to happen,’ they said.
They went on to say they wished Argento will be able to ‘heal’ and go back to being an advocate for sexual assault victims.
‘Hopefully healing can occur and rehabilitation and they can go back to being an advocate for so many people.
‘I really hope that that’s the case for Asia because they were a really powerful advocate at one point in this movement,’ they said.
The scandal started to unfold in June in the days after Argento’s boyfriend, CNN star Anthony Bourdain, killed himself.
Argento’s texts to Dove
Dove: As in what does the public know and not know?
Like which things are facts or not facts? It’s an annoying question but I need to have a clear vision on what angles we have to send some folks to get good intel for us
Argento: The public knows nothing, only what NYT wrote. Which is one sided. The shakedown letter. The horny kid jumped me
D: So it was rape? Or an attempted secual action?
A: I has sex with him it felt weird. i didn’t know he was a minor until the shakedown letter.
D: Either one is good enough to show You actively frowned upon his advances
A: No it was all on snapchat. Disappeared
I didn’t report because I always felt bad for this Hollywood failed child actor, a casualty of the machine, of his parents
I have 80 pages on him by a PI that Anthony hired
D: Yeah we don’t always think og ourselves in those time periods
A: All of Anthony’s emails pushing me to accept pay. My emails with Carrie where we disagreed with that
Friend: Yeah still need to prove the money came from AB account
Or affiliate account
But this is looking rear for You
This NYT will look like fools. You got This
Argento: Carrie never wanted to do this, she wanted to go to the press first and show the extortion I was being threatened with
F: Well next steps – request bank statements from Bennet that will show the account that deposited the money clearing your name as the briber
And then find evidence that You rejected this person sexually at any point before
A: Yes I am thinking about leaking through a trusted friend to the Guardian
If I lose my job I will move to Africa or the Amazon Forest
I want to be among the 90% of the world that doesn’t give a f***about this s***
Not the connivig, sick 10% of the entitles westerners
F: Africa is gorgeous and absolutely safer than people give t credit for
A: Ethiopia or Senegal
Mapia in Brazil
Dove: If there’s anytime you’ve talked to your therapist about inappropriate advances before the whole thing that may be helpful
Argento: Not before, during that meeting where he jumped me
D: What’s up with the photo taken in bed?
I think that’s one that will be harder to cushion. Images are annoyingly assumption nation
A: You can see my tits. That’s all. It Doesn’t mean s***
He is standing up
A: It’s beyond me. It’s unfathomable
D: You worked with him previously how did the age thing escape?
I mean 16 is the age of consent in most countries around the world
So I was actually shocked about the 17 thing
A: 15 in France and Italy
D: Oh whoa
A: When I was 17 I wa with a 33 year old man for years
I had just turned 17
Dove, who is a non binary model, said they felt compelled to speak out because ‘Jimmy Bennett deserves to have justice’
Argento and Bennett met when they played a mother and her son in The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things in 2004 when he was seven and she was 28
Dove and Rose McGowan, whom Argento had grown close to while leading the #MeToo movement, flew to Berlin to be with her.
One night, Argento explained that life without Bourdain would be difficult because of all of the ways he had helped her when he was alive.
‘Asia had mentioned that one of the things is difficult in their life right now with Anthony passing, there was a huge gap in that this individual had helped them out a lot in life and one of the things they he helped them out with was an extortion case in which an individual was extorting Asia for $10,000 a month,’ Dove explained.
Neither Dove nor Argento knew who the person was at the time.
They only learned it was Bennett when The New York Times published details of Argento and Bourdain paying him on August 19.
Dove is dating Rose McGowan, Argento’s former #MeToo partner. They are shown together in March
After Argento denied it, the texts emerged as did photographs of she and Bennett lying naked in bed.
Argento said her late boyfriend Anthony Bourdain paid Bennett to quieten him
McGowan later issued an explosive statement saying Argento complained to her about receiving unsolicited naked pictures from Bennett from when he was 12.
She has distanced herself from the Italian actress and is now urging her to be honest about what happened.
‘Many people believe that because we have been close in each other’s lives over the past year that perhaps I am affiliated with this incident or being complicit. I am not.
Asia you were my friend. I loved you. You’ve spent and risked a lot to stand with the MeToo movement.
‘I really hope you find your way through this process to rehabilitation and betterment. Anyone can be be better- I hope you can be, too. Do the right thing. Be honest. Be fair. Let justice stay its course. Be the person you wish Harvey could have been,’ she said.
Argento has not commented on the photograph of her with Bennett, the leaked text messages or McGowan’s statement.
TIMELINE OF THE ASIA ARGENTO UNDERAGE SEX SCANDAL
2004: Argento and Jimmy Bennett appear in the film The Heart is Deceitful. She was 28.
MAY 2013: Argento and Bennett meet in California. He posts a selfie of them in bed on Instagram. This is the date of the alleged assault. She was 37, he was 17
OCTOBER 2017: Argento is among the first women to publicly accuse Harvey Weinstein of rape and sexual assault. She goes on to lead the #MeToo movement
NOVEMBER 2017: Jimmy Bennett sends a notice of intent to sue Argento for damages of $3.5million claiming the ‘sexual assault’ hindered his ability to work
APRIL 2018: Argento pays Bennett $200,000. It was a portion of the $380,000 they agreed on to settle his claims. As part of the deal, she got to keep a photograph of them in bed together and he was not allowed to sue her again
JUNE 8, 2018: Anthony Bourdain, Argento’s boyfriend, hangs himself in France
JUNE 2018: Argento goes to Berlin with Rose McGowan and Rain Dove and tells them about how Bourdain helped her handle an unnamed ‘extortionist’
AUGUST 19, 2018: The New York Times publishes details of Bennett and Argento’s agreement. Argento denies it.
AUGUST 21, 2018: Argento denies ever sleeping with Bennett. ‘I have never had any sexual relationship with Bennett,’ she said.
AUGUST 22: TMZ publishes photograph of Bennett and Argento in bed that was taken on the day he alleged she assaulted him.
On the same day, they publish her texts with Dove where she admits: ‘I had sex with him it felt weird. I didn’t know he was a minor until the shakedown letter.’
AUGUST 27: Rose McGowan urges Argento to be ‘honest’ and she names Dove as the person in the texts
AUGUST 29: Dove confirms they are the person Argento exchanged texts with