The 45-year-old Italian actress and director, has been outspoken against sexual abuse in the movie industry.
The award wining actress had in 2017 claimed that she was raped by the disgraced American producer, Harvey Weinstein, in 1997, when she was 21 years.
She made the allegation against Rob Cohen in an interview with Italian daily Corriere della Sera, where she said that she was assaulted by Cohen in 2002.
She said: “It’s the first time I’m talking about Cohen. He abused me making me drink GHB, he had a bottle of it,” she said, referring to the date rape drug.
“At the time I really didn’t know what it was. I woke up in the morning naked in his bed.”
Argento explained that the assault took place when they were filming the 2002 Cohen’s action film “xXx,” which was directed by Cohen, and featured other actors like Vin Diesel and Samuel L. Jackson.
Argento had confirmed to AFP the contents of the Corriere interview.
“I can confirm that it is all true,” she said.
In a swift reaction, the spokesperson for Cohen denied Argento’s allegation as absolute false.
The spokesperson said: “Mr Cohen categorically denies Asia Argento’s accusation of assault against him as absolutely false.
“When they worked together, they had an excellent working relationship and Mr Cohen considered her a friend, so this claim dating back to 2002 is bewildering, especially given what has been reported about her in recent years.”
Argento herself was accused in 2018 by a US actor Jimmy Bennett of sexually assaulting him in a California hotel when he was 17, and the legal age of consent in California is 18.
Initially, she denied the allegation but later retracted, without accepting Bennett’s version of the issue.
In response to a news report then that Argento paid Bennett $380,00 to bury his accusations, she said her late partner, Anthony Bourdain, gave money to the actor “to deal compassionately with Bennett’s demand for (economic) help.”
Speaking at a talk show “Verissimo” to promote her upcoming autobiography. Argento explained are reasons for not coming out with the accusations against Cohen, which are that she wasn’t sure of what happened to her when she was allegedly drugged and raped. Though, she discovered later, after speaking with her friend who opened her eyes about that substance [GHB]. And that she did not want to create another storm.
She found the courage to reveal the accusations since two women have spoken against Cohen, about sexual assault, including his daughter.
Cohen had been accused by his daughter, Valkyrie Weather, in 2019 of sexual abuse. Valkyrie Weather claimed that he molested her when she was a child. Weather also accused Cohen of taking her to visit sex workers in overseas shooting locations when she was a teen, though Cohen has denied the allegations in both cases.
Argento stated that the accusations on Cohen are included in her upcoming autobiography, “Anatomy of a Wild Heart,” due for release in Italy on 26th January, 2021.