Rose McGowan is under fire for urging people to 'be gentle' after it was revealed Asia Argento paid off an actor who claimed he was sexually assaulted by the Italian star.
The #MeToo leader disappointed numerous supporters as she wrote that 'none of us know the truth of the situation'.
'I got to know Asia Argento ten months ago. Our commonality is the shared pain of being assaulted by Harvey Weinstein,' McGowan tweeted on Monday.
'My heart is broken. I will continue my work on behalf of victims everywhere.'
Then, in a separate tweet, McGowan added: 'None of us know the truth of the situation and I'm sure more will be revealed. Be gentle.'
Rose McGowan is under fire for urging people to 'be gentle' after it was revealed Asia Argento paid off an actor who claimed he was sexually assaulted by the Italian star
The #MeToo leader disappointed numerous critics as she wrote that 'none of us know the truth of the situation' on Monday
McGowan's remarks came hours after The New York Times reported that Argento paid Jimmy Bennett $380,000 when he filed a notice of intent to sue in November.
In that notice, the actor claimed that he was sexually assaulted by Argento in a California hotel room in 2013 when he was 17 and the actress was 37.
A number of critics took to Twitter to deride McGowan's statement and urge her to speak out for Bennett.
'I can imagine this must be a horrendous time for you, but please, Rose, mention Jimmy Bennett's name. He deserves to be acknowledged as much as Asia Argento. I wish you well with the #MeToo movement,' one fan wrote.
'I don't know the full story and I hope she's right in her words. But Rose McGowan excusing a sexual abuser is disgusting and hypocritical,' added Maddi Blacktop.
A number of critics took to Twitter to deride McGowan's statement and urge her to speak out for Jimmy Bennett instead
'Just because the abuser is a woman shouldn't mean she gets leniency when others are undoubtedly accused.'
'Your heart better be more than broken. You should be displaying the same outrage you've displayed at men who have sexually assaulted women,' wrote Barry Leavitt.
'Can't be outraged at one and not at the other.'
One woman, who identified herself as a sexual abuse victim, said McGowan's comments set the movement back '100 years'.
'Do NOT tell me or anyone to be gentle with a person who has been accused and paid off her accuser, just because she is a woman,' the survivor wrote.
'Do not tell people no one knows the story.'
Many also hit out at McGowan's claim that she only 'got to know' Argento 10 months ago, frequently reposting an image (pictured) of the two women on the red carpet from 2003
McGowan has since responded to the backlash, tweeting on Tuesday night: 'Oh for f**k's sake I'm not defending'
Many accused McGowan of only standing up for Argento because they were friends.
'Be gentle? Why? Because she's a woman and your friend? Your comments are a major slap in the face to everything the #MeToo movement represents. Double standards beyond belief,' tweeted Harry Cook.
'So you'll work on behalf of victims as long as your friend isn't the one accused of sexually assaulting them...just trying to clarify here what you truly believe and stand for,' another added.
Christine Russo wrote that she was 'hurting so much right now' because she had looked up to McGowan.
'Are white feminists capable of supporting anyone who isn't of your caliber?' she wrote.
'You helped me gain confidence and strength as a girl, but now you make me sick.'
McGowan has since responded to the backlash, tweeting on Tuesday night: 'Oh for f**k's sake I'm not defending'.
Rosanna Arquette also found herself in hot water after she defended the Italian actress
She suggested that Harvey Weinstein was involved in leaking the story, writing: 'The monster is at it again' and even claimed it could be a set up
The controversial remarks come just two months after McGowan rushed to Argento's side after her boyfriend Anthony Bourdain hanged himself in a French hotel room.
In the wake of the celebrity chef's suicide, McGowan acted as Argento's spokesperson and even released the actress' first statement on Bourdain's passing.
Many hit out at McGowan's claim that she only 'got to know' Argento 10 months ago, frequently reposting an old image of the two women on the red carpet.
The picture, which Argento shared on Instagram earlier this year, includes a caption that reads: 'The day we met - March 17th, 2003'.
McGowan isn't the only actress to come under fire for her tweets regarding Argento.
Rosanna Arquette also found herself in hot water