Actress Asia Argento has accused filmmaker Rob Cohen of drugging and sexually assaulting her during the filming of the action movie ‘xXx’ nearly two decades ago.
Argento, one of the early accusers of disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, made the allegations in an interview with Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Sera and other Italian media over the weekend.
‘It’s the first time I’m talking about Cohen,’ she said, according to Variety. ‘He abused me, making me drink GHB – he had a bottle of it,’ she said, referring to the anaesthetic drug often used in date rapes.
‘At the time, I really didn’t know what it was. I woke up in the morning naked in his bed.’
Argento alleged that the assault took place while she was filming the Cohen-directed ‘xXx’ in 2002, which also stars Vin Diesel and Samuel L. Jackson.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
In a texted statement to Variety, Argento confirmed the details of her allegation, adding that she discusses it in her forthcoming autobiography, Anatomy of a Wild Heart, due to be released later this month.
Actress Asia Argento has accused filmmaker Rob Cohen of drugging and sexually assaulting her nearly two decades ago
Argento alleged that the assault took place while she was filming the Cohen-directed ‘xXx’ in 2002 (pictured together for a photocall for xXx in 2002 above)
During her conversation with the Italian media, Argento claimed she was initially unsure what had happened to her when she was allegedly drugged and raped by Cohen.
‘I discovered later, speaking with a friend who opened my eyes about that substance [GHB],’ she said.
Argento said she refrained from speaking about the alleged assault at the time, and in the years after, because she ‘did not want to create another storm.’
However, ‘since two women have spoken against [Cohen], including his daughter,’ she said she felt encouraged to come forward.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Responding to Argento’s claims, a spokesperson for Cohen, 71, vehemently denied there was any truth to them.
‘Mr. Cohen categorically denies the completely false accusation of sexual assault that Asia Argento made against him.’
The spokesperson went on to add that Cohen and Argenton ‘had an excellent working relationship’ during their time working together, and that ‘Cohen considered her a friend.’
‘So this accusation, which dates from 2002, is puzzling, especially considering what has been said about her in recent years.’
‘He abused me, making me drink GHB – he had a bottle of it,’ she said, referring to the anaesthetic drug often used in date rapes. ‘At the time, I really didn’t know what it was. I woke up in the morning naked in his bed'
Vin Diesel, Asia Argento, director Rob Cohen and Samuel L. Jackson at the premiere of "XXX" at the Village Theater in Westwood, CA
The spokesperson's comments appeared to allude to allegations which surfaced in August 2018, whereby Argento was accused of sexually assaulting fellow actor Jimmy Bennett.
Bennett claimed that incident happened in May 2013, when he was 17-years old, at a hotel in California.
Although she initially denied the allegation and claimed she had no sexual interactions with Bennett, within weeks, she retracted the claims and admitted they did have sex but claims she didn’t know how old he was at the time.
Bennett disputed Argento's version of events, and she later reportedly paid him $380,000 in ‘hush’ money.
Argento was at the forefront of the #MeToo after claiming she had been sexually assaulted by disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein.
She was one of the first to go public with her story, telling The New York she was allegedly assaulted by Weinstein at the 1997 cannes Film Festival.
Cohen, also, has previously been accused of sexual assault on at least two occasions.
Jimmy Bennett (left) claimed Asia Argento (right) slept with him in a California hotel room when he was aged 17 in May 2013
Premiere party: Argento and her alleged rapist Weinstein at the premiere of The Heart is Deceitful at cannes in 2004 (above)
In 2019, Cohen was accused of allegedly sexually assaulting a victim – identified only as ‘Jane’ – while she was unconscious.
The reported assault was said to have taken place in 2016 after Cohen invited the woman to a business meeting in Manhattan to discuss collaborating on a potential TV-pilot.
According to Jane, Cohen picked a cigar lounge for