Rain Dove admits they gained money for #MeToo texts in media

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The non-binary model and LGBT+ activist Rain Dove has published a New Year’s confessional video saying that they used to lie about their life to the public. Among them is the admission that they sold incriminating text messages from Italian actress Asia Argento to tabloid news site TMZ, after they previously denied doing this. Argento is known for being on the frontlines of the #MeToo movement, as she was among the first celebrity accusers of Harvey Weinstein. In the text messages to Dove, she appears to admit to a sexual encounter with a 17-year-old in 2013. It is a crime in California for an adult to have sex with a person under 18. TMZ published the story in 2018 including screenshots of the incriminating texts and pictures of Argento in bed with the teen. Dove initially denied they were sold. Over a year later, Dove admitted they were the one who leaked them in an hour-long confessional video, and yes, it was not done for free. When NBC asked them to explain why they accepted money in exchange for the text messages in which an adult allegedly admitted to sex with a minor, Dove said they did so in case they would “need a lawyer to protect myself” from libel lawsuits.

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