Rose McGowan and her partner, non-binary model Rain Dove, made an appearance together at the GQ Men of the Year Awards in London on Wednesday evening.
The actress, 45, and the model, 27, looked loved up as they posed together on the red carpet and during the event, just hours after Asia Argento returned to Twitter following a six-week hiatus to attack Dove.
Dove wore a dark suit with the event and at one point posed with their hands on McGowan’s waist for a couple shot.
Couple: Rose McGowan and her partner, non-binary model Rain Dove, made an appearance together at the GQ Men of the Year Awards in London on Wednesday evening
Outfits: Dove, 27, wore a dark suit with the event, while McGowan, 45, went for a $1,109 metallic trench coat by Osman
Other photos see Dove looking lovingly at McGowan, who wore a $1,109 metallic trench coat by Osman to the event.
McGowan took to Twitter ahead of the soiree to explain why she had decided to wear the trench coat rather than a dress.
‘Breaking News: I have decided to what to wear to tonight’s @BritishGQ Man of the Year awards,’ she wrote in a long thread.
‘The dress code said women should wear cocktail or evening gowns. This threw me. Mostly because those kinds of dress give me Hollywood PTSD that is peculiar to someone like me.’
She added: ‘A survivor of the Hollywood former sex symbol machine. Very few, if any, survive with a mind fully intact, it’s no wonder Garbo retreated from the public at large. It’s a peculiar beast our kind of world, and unknowable by most.’
McGowan added that she wore a blue robin egg sheath dress from Topshop, which she got for $19, under the trench coat, and that her shoes were a vegan model by Stella McCartney.
In her thread, the actress, who turned 45 on Wednesday and used the hashtag #birthdaymusing, gave Dove a shout-out.
‘I’ll be with my love @raindovemodel someone who’s brought water energy to my fire,’ she wrote. ‘They have allowed me space [to] heal and to explore showing my softer side to the outside world. Reminding me always to be what I say I am.’
Loved-up: The pair posed for a series of couple shots, including one that saw Dove rest their hand on McGowan’s shoulder while looking tenderly at the actress
Thought process: McGowan explained on Twitter prior to the event that she chose to wear the trench after being thrown by the dress code, which required women to wear cocktail dresses
Duo: McGowan and Dove looked loved-up as they posed for photos at the event inside the Tate Modern gallery in London
Together: The pair held hands as they posed for a red carpet picture upon their arrival
Earlier on Wednesday, Argento attacked Dove in a series of tweets.
The actress, who had been absent from social media for the past six weeks, returned to Twitter after the model criticized Argento’s attorney for refusing to acknowledge that she had a sexual relationship with actor Jimmy Bennett when the boy was underage.
‘I will 100% help support You through this process with whatever resources I have that can assist the healing necessary – but You need to be honest. I can’t help a dishonest being,’ wrote Dove.
Argento responded by firing back: ‘Very funny coming from a sick pathological liar like you, who made money out of me by selling selected text messages in order to portray me for something I am not.’
Her return to social media came at the same time X Factor Italia formally announced that Argento would appear only in the first half of the show’s new season, and be replaced for the live episodes when they air later this year.
The Italian star, 42, also used her return to Twitter to attack Dove for information they relayed regarding the death of Anthony Bourdain.
Underage: Dove, 27, criticized Argento and her lawyer for recent statements, including their recent claim that the actress was sexually assaulted by Jimmy Bennett in 2014 (pair above at that 2014 meet-up in California)
Shots fired: ‘Very funny coming from a sick pathological liar like you, who made money out of me by selling selected text messages,’ tweeted Argento (above in one Twitter exchange from Wednesday)
It was Dove’s texts with Argento that confirmed the actress had sexual relations with Bennett in a California hotel room back in 2014, more than a decade after the actress first worked with the boy at the age of 6 in her film adaptation of JT Leroy’s The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things.
Argento, who was one of the first women to publicly accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, initially lied about her encounter with Bennett following a New York Times report that revealed the young man had received a $380,000 payment from the actress’ partner Anthony Bourdain when he threatened to file a $7.5 million lawsuit.
Just hours after she denied ever having sex with Bennett, TMZ published a text exchange between Dove and with Argento, confirming most of the Times report.
Argento and her lawyer are now claiming that she was the victim, and Bennett sexually assaulted her that day in the hotel.
Dove voiced their opinion on this latest version of events from Argento by writing in one tweet: ‘NO Jimmy Bennet didn’t rape Asia. We must hold all beings to the truth here. Don’t need to kno the whole story but what we do know should b truthful.’
Argento then took aim at Dove for making claims about the death of Bourdain.
She posted a handful of cryptic text exchanges she had with the model that seem to suggest they both believe the celebrity chef did not take his own life.
‘Why did you tell me you knew the truth about my partner’s death and pretended to be some sort of 007? You wrote me hundreds of lies, for over a month. I have all the text messages. Now it’s time for YOU to tell the truth, if you are capable. Your ex calls you a pathological liar,’ wrote Argento.
She followed that up by stating: ‘Then tell me why did you invent that articulate, humongous, gross lie about you and your NETWORK knowing “the truth” about Anthony’s death?’.
Conspiracy: Months prior, Bourdain had agreed to fund Argento’s $380,000 payment to Bennett, who was threatening to sue the actress for $7.5 million (tweets from Wednesday above)
Allegations: Dove told Argento he had unreleased information about Bourdain death in texts posted by the actress on Wednesday (above)
Dove, who engaged with Argento throughout her attack, replied: ‘That wasn’t a lie. We did a lot of great work including – which You saw yourself- the toxicology report which French authorities dumbed down to the media. And then later on redacted and said “yeah there was alcohol”. And I’m not 007. I’m just part of a common research team.’
Argento then posted a text conversation she had with Dove about documents concerning Bourdain’s death that she hoped to get to a journalist for an investigative piece about the Emmy winner.
In another exchange shared by Argento, Dove writes about a ‘network’ being involved in Bourdain’s death and how ‘dangerous’ it was to be investigating the matter.
They also claim to have see documents and exchanges between unknown parties, prompting Argento to tweet: ‘Go tell that to @CNN. What you did (if you did it! I highly doubt it) is criminal.’
Dove responded: ‘Alright love. But You are just deflecting. I’ll own my own path it’ll clearly be a fun week. But You still must own urs. 100%. You had a sexual dynamic w Jimmy Bennett. Whether u felt used or extorted or that ur “friend” was rude the engagement still happened. & he didn’t rape u.’
Argento did not dispute Dove’s claims in that tweet, and instead accused the model of deflecting, before adding: ‘Don’t call me love. All that is left of your answers is treachery and deceit.’
She later closed out her attack by writing: ‘You can’t help yourself but keep lying, can you? You never sent me or showed me any documents. And remember, there was a witness.’
Dove went offline at the exact same time, but not before posting a few final remarks.
‘Ok, through the gates of Hell I walk willingly with You if only for the truth to see the light of the fire,’ said the model to Argento in one post.
Dove then said in a final tweet: ‘Fair for U to be angry- U are trapped and want to take everything down with U. I am not afraid of what is coming. But the truth still remains You slept w Jimmy Bennett. You lied when You demand others accused of sexual assault to be honest. This hurts victims’ voices everywhere.’
The model is a new acquaintance of Argento, whom she met through McGowan.
Dove started dating the actress earlier this year in the wake of McGowan’s rage-filled rant at a transgender woman at a New York City book signing for her memoir Brave that many found to be transphobic.
In the wake of that incident, Dove offered to help the actress repair her image.
Dove said that she released the texts with McGowan’s blessing, and also sent her exchanges with the actress to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
RAIN DOVE ON ASIA ARGENTO UNDERAGE SEX SCANDAL
‘Before I begin, I would like to note to everyone that I am only making a statement in order to clarify the details in order to prevent further stress or harm from rumours or allegations to/against innocent parties. It is important to not over glorify or sensationalise the actions of any individual who comes forward with evidence in a sexual assault case because it is the basic thing one should do.
‘I can confirm that the text messages are indeed between Asia Argento and myself. When I reported them to police I remained silent socially because I didn’t wish to be a part of the narrative or distract from the path to justice. While the conflict may feel murky- the situation is cut and dry. An individual admitted to sexual engagement with a minor (according to the age stated by California) which is an illegal act that can qualify as statutory rape. As well as such they admitted to receiving continued nude images without reporting/blocking the account/written rejection/or action. When the individual made it clear that they were not going to be honest about their engagement, I turned in materials that may contribute towards an honest investigation.
‘All victims deserve justice. Justice can rarely exist without honesty. In a sexual assault case it is important to support and believe the victim- while also allowing for due process. I believe all beings accused of a crime have the right to prove their innocence. For many victims of sexual assault their justice may never come in the court of law due to lack of evidence or time passage. It’s heartbreaking and cruel. However, I still fully believe in the allowance and balance of both ethos. Support and believe- allow due process. That is why when Asia Argento asked for assistance during this case declaring full innocence, I systemically took them through the list of things they would need to clear their name. Proof that they didn’t pay off this individual, proof that they didn’t approve any payments if they had occurred, proof that they had indeed been harassed and rejected all sexual sexual advances through action or verbally, proof that they hadn’t engaged sexually via an alibi, and a few more.
‘Occasionally in the past individuals have come to me knowing that they were guilty, they admitted the guilt off the bat, and my space in their life has been guiding them through the rehabilitation process with the community and shifting their negative actions into proactive ones so that they can be productive members of the community again while justice also prevails. The key to agreement to assist is that they have the intention to do whats necessary to rectify a situation. Unfortunately Asia did not have that intention. This is a person who represents a certain ideal and who has called out for all those accused of sexual assault to be honest about their experiences in order to allow justice for the victims. However when the NYT statement came out, in which Asia denied any sexual engagement that’s when it became clear that they were not going to follow their own ethics. I had received the original statement from Asia before they put it out into the world, before they had admitted their sexual engagement. In it they were dismissive of the victim, put down the integrity of the reporter Kim Severson utilising the guilt power of the opinion of their deceased former partner Anthony Bourdain, and robbed all parties of their truth. It was painful to read. I had hoped that that narrative would change after our conversation but unfortunately the piece went straight to press.
‘Before bringing this information to police I did speak with Rose McGowan as they are the person who introduced me to Asia. I was admittedly a little nervous because I knew that Asia was an important person in Rose’s life. When confronted with the messages and knowledge that I was going to go to the police, Rose immediately agreed that it was the right action to take. No begging or bargaining. No anger. Just very matter of fact. I know this is a painful loss of community in Rose’s life and I’m proud of her dedication to the truth. Its tempting to many to cover for their loved ones during rough times, but when a victim is involved on the other end we must think of them. True justice has no bias.
‘I would also like to address allegations that Jimmy Bennet extorted Asia Argento by saying simply- keep both actions separate. They are two different accusations and all victims of a crime deserve justice. All guilty parties must be honest. I would also like to state that the case between HW and Asia Argento is separate from Jimmy Bennet’s case and that Asia deserves the same respect in that case that Jimmy should receive in this one. Their choice to lie to the NYT does not mean that they are lying about HW. Their accounts for that case should be held separately and fairly. I believe that most beings have the power to change. Asia has contributed a strong voice to the #MeToo movement and encouraged many in their nation as well as around the globe to come forward with their truths. Perhaps, despite where public opinion may be over time, through honesty, dialogue and rehabilitation this person can become a strong advocate for justice once again. Especially uniquely as a person who is experiencing both sides of the coin.
‘We can not let this single case crumble the power and momentum of a movement that has saved so many. Just because a person is a celebrity or more visible does not make them THE VOICE or a MORE IMPORTANT voice than any other being that has been a part of #MeToo. All are equal and their struggles equally valid- we must remember that. Until then, let truth shine its light so we can see the way to a solution. Keep that light on patiently.’