Published: Mon, October 30, 2017
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan urges women to fight back

Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan urges women to fight back

McGowan recently became something of a figurehead of the ongoing crusade against alleged sexual assaulter Harvey Weinstein.

The New York Times also reported that Weinstein paid a financial settlement of $100,000 to McGowan in 1997 over an incident in a hotel room during the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

"I told the head of your studio that HW raped me", she tweeted at Jeff Bezos over an Amazon deal with Weinstein for one of her scripts which she said won Amazon a "dirty Oscar". I've been maligned. And you know what? "Because what happened to me, happens to all of us in society, and it can not stand", she said.

McGowan explained "we are given one view" in a male-dominated Hollywood but that, rather than being an isolated industry, "it is the mirror you are given to look into". "Girl. Gay. Straight. Transgender".

"I've asked numerous times to the writers of the Guild of America to speak to their member body about just reframing things", she said. And I know the men behind that view. They shouldn't be in your mind and they shouldn't be in my mind.


When Rodriguez was gearing up to make "Grindhouse", his double-feature film with Quentin Tarantino (released in 2007 by Dimension Films, Bob Weinstein's arm of The Weinstein Company), he said he wrote a "bad a-" lead role for McGowan, in order to " take her off the blacklist" on a film Harvey Weinstein would have to pay for.

On Twitter, McGowan has amassed supporters and urged them to call out harassment using the #RoseArmy hashtag. "No more will we be shunted to the side". It's time to be whole.

He concludes his statement by saying: "These past few weeks have given me new clarity and hope by seeing the tide finally turn, seeing Harvey finally on the run, and seeing all the fearless women who have come forth with their own shocking and distressing stories of abuse". (Weinstein denies any allegation of non-consensual sex.) More than 50 women have now accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct.

And Rose admitted she finds it traumatic every time she sees hi face. For all us who have been looked down on. On stage at the Cobo Center in Detroit and speaking to thousands, McGowan called on all the other "Me Toos" to "rise up" and "be courageous". "For all of us who have been grabbed by the motherfucking pussy", she said. "Join me. It's time to clean house". P*****s grab back! Women grab back! We speak! We yell! "We are here. We will not go away", said McGowan.

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