Actress Rose McGowan: “Harvey Weinstein Raped Me, I Told The Studio, They Ignored Me”

Film producer Harvey Weinstein attends the 2016 amfAR New York Gala at Cipriani Wall Street in Manhattan, New York.

Rose McGowan on Thursday confirmed Harvey Weinstein is the Hollywood studio executive she says raped her. This marks the first time McGowan has identified her assailant by name.  The revelation first came in a series of tweets McGowan posted Thursday afternoon directed at Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos just hours after her account was reactivated after a brief suspension imposed by the social media platform. Fans and supporters were outraged.53rd New York Film Festival - NYFF Live

 

The first tweet reads: “1) @jeffbezos I told the head of your studio that HW raped me. Over & over I said it. He said it hadn’t been proven. I said I was the proof.”

 

The New York Times was the first to report that McGowan had reached a settlement with Weinstein following an encounter in 1997 at a hotel room during the Sundance Film Festival. The Times cited a legal document it had obtained though McGowan did not comment at the time as part of the explosive investigation by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey that found Weinstein had been accused of inappropriate sexual conduct over several decades. Nor did she elaborate on what exactly had occurred in that hotel room.

 

However, McGowan has previously revealed that she was a survivor of rape and that her assault was perpetrated by a powerful studio boss. One year ago, in October 2016, McGowan posted a series of tweets as part of a social media movement titled “Why Women Don’t Report.” Those tweets included: “a (female) criminal attorney said because I’d done a sex scene in a film I would never win against the studio head. #WhyWomenDontReport.” She followed with, “because it’s been an open secret in Hollywood/Media & they shamed me while adulating my rapist. #WhyWomenDontReport.”

 

Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday.

 

McGowan herself signaled that she was, perhaps, preparing to come forward and directly accuse Weinstein by name as her rapist when she tweeted, “Now am I allowed to say rapist?” on Oct. 10 in response to Anthony Bourdain, boyfriend of Weinstein accuser Asia Argento, who tweeted, “Can we use the word ‘rapist’ now? #Weinstein.”

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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