Mc­Gowan takes to Twit­ter on al­le­ga­tions

So­cial me­dia out­cry fol­lowed ac­tress’s ban af­ter she spoke out against Har­vey We­in­stein

Toronto Star - - NEWS - JAKE COYLE THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

NEW YORK— Af­ter a sus­pen­sion ear­lier in the day from Twit­ter, ac­tress Rose Mc­Gowan force­fully re-emerged Thurs­day, stat­ing more frankly what she has long sug­gested: “HW raped me.”

“HW” was ap­par­ently in ref­er­ence to Har­vey We­in­stein, the em­bat­tled for­mer We­in­stein Co. co-chair­man.

“Any al­le­ga­tions of non-con­sen­sual sex are un­equiv­o­cally de­nied by Mr. We­in­stein,” We­in­stein’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive Sal­lie Hofmeis­ter said Thurs­day.

Mc­Gowan last year said that she had been raped by a “stu­dio head.” The New Yorker ex­posé that ran Tues­day re­ported that We­in­stein had al­legedly sex­u­ally as­saulted three women, though the third wo­man was un­named. “I told the head of your stu­dio that HW raped me,” said Mc­Gowan in tweets di­rected to Ama­zon chief Jeff Be­zos. “Over and Over I said it. He said it hadn’t been proven. I said I was the proof.”

In sub­se­quent tweets, Mc­Gowan ap­peared to sug­gest that Ama­zon Stu­dios, which is over­seen by Roy Price, pre­vi­ously dropped a project penned by Mc­Gowan af­ter she in­sisted We­in­stein not be in­volved.

In a state­ment Thurs­day, Ama­zon said Price is on leave fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual ha­rass­ment. His leave of ab­sence is ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately.

The de­ci­sion came hours af­ter the Hol­ly­wood Re­porter pub­lished a pro­ducer’s de­tailed claims of ha­rass­ment by Price. Pro­ducer Isa Hack­ett al­leged that Price propo­si­tioned her in 2015 us­ing sug­ges­tive lan­guage.

Christo­pher Tri­carico, an at­tor­ney for Hack­ett, con­firmed the trade pa­per’s re­port. In an email, he said Hack­ett doesn’t in­tend to pur­sue le­gal ac­tion against Ama­zon or Price.

In its state­ment, Ama­zon says it’s re­view­ing op­tions for projects it has with the We­in­stein com­pany.

Con­sid­er­ing Mc­Gowan’s stature as acen­tral fig­ure in the We­in­stein saga, Twit­ter sparked an out­cry across so­cial me­dia when it tem­po­rar­ily sus­pended Mc­Gowan from its ser­vice. The ban was lifted Thurs­day af­ter­noon but not be­fore a storm of crit­i­cism from Jes­sica Chas­tain, An­thony Bour­dain and many oth­ers.

Twit­ter said Thurs­day that it sus­pended Mc­Gowan’s ac­count be­cause she tweeted a pri­vate phone num­ber, a prac­tice it said vi­o­lated its ser­vice terms. The com­pany said it will “be clearer about th­ese poli­cies and de­ci­sions in the fu­ture.”

Mean­while, po­lice in New York City and Lon­don are tak­ing a fresh look into sex­ual as­sault al­le­ga­tions against We­in­stein now that some 30 women have ac­cused him of in­ap­pro­pri­ate con­duct. A New York Po­lice Depart­ment spokesper­son said in­ves­ti­ga­tors are re­view­ing po­lice files to see if any­one else re­ported be­ing as­saulted or ha­rassed. With files from the New York Times

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