Rose McGowan Calls Out Jeff Be­zos Over We­in­stein

Says Har­vey raped her and that head of Ama­zon stu­dio ig­nored her claim

The Economic Times - - Around The World -

Ac­tress Rose McGowan is the lat­est woman to pub­licly ac­cuse Hol ly wood pr o duc er Ha r vey We­in­stein of rape. Wr i t i n g on Twit­ter, Ms McGowan, known for her role on long-run­ning su­per­nat­u­ral TV se­ries Charmed, claimed she told a se­nior mem­ber of Ama­zon Stu­dios about the in­ci­dent. In a se­ries of tweets Thurs­day, McGowan at­tacked Be­zos and his com­pany for fail­ing to hear her early claims about be­ing “raped” by We­in­stein and for “fund­ing rapists, al­leged pe­dos and sex­ual ha­rassers.”

“@ jef f be­zos 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,” she wrote in a tweet. “I love @ ama­zon but there is rot in Hol­ly­wood. @jeff be­zos Be the change you want to see in the world. Stand with truth.” McGowan’s tweet and sev­eral oth­ers di­rected at Ama­zon head Jeff Be­zos capped the end of a wild week since The New York Times first re­ported de­tailed al­le­ga­tions of ha­rass­ment al­le­ga­tions against We­in­stein that spanned decades. A ma z o n S t ud i o s c h i e f Roy Price was put on an im­me­di­ate leave of ab­sence Thurs­day, the com­pany said, fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions that he ha­rassed a pro­ducer and ig­nored an ac­tress’s claim of a sex­ual as­sault by pro­ducer Har­vey We­in­stein. The Hol­ly­wood Re­porter on Thurs­day re­ported an al­le­ga­tion by Isa Hack­ett, a pro­ducer on one of Ama­zon.com Inc’s shows, that Price had lewdly propo­si­tioned her in 2015. I sa Hacket t , who worked on the Ama­zon Prime Video show “The Man in the High Cas­tle,” told the pub­li­ca­tion that Price made in­ap­pro­pri­ate ad­vances to her at an event two years ago. The al­le­ga­tion against Price eng u l fed Ama­zon i n t he up­roar over mis­treat­ment of women in Hol­ly­wood, though only the de­tails of Hack­ett’s claim were new. The dam­age to Ama­zon will de­pend largely on whether more ac­cu­sa­tions sur­face against Price and how Ama­zon han­dled them, said Glenn Selig, a cri­sis man­age­ment strate­gist at the Pub­lic­ity Agency based in Tampa, Florida. “It’s a lot more dif fi­cult for the brand to dea l wit h, g iven t he broader nar­ra­tive around the Har­vey We­in­stein scan­dal.” The e-com­merce com­pany has two TV projects with We­in­stein Co.

F r ie nd o f Wei n s t ei n, d i r e c - tor Quentin Tarantino says he is “stunned and heart­bro­ken’’ about t he sexua l ha­rass­ment al lega­tions lodged against the movie mogul. In a brief state­ment via Twit­ter re­layed by Am­ber Tam­blyn, Tarantino, whose films “Reser­voir Dogs,’’ “Pulp Fic­tion’’ and “The Hate­ful Eight’’ were pro­duced by We­in­stein. “For t he last week I’ve been stunned and heart­bro­ken about the rev­e­la­tions that have come to light about my friend for 25 years Har­vey We­in­stein. I need a few more days to process my pain, emo­tions, anger and mem­ory and then I will speak pub­licly about it.’’ Mean­while the Har­vey We­in­stein drama has reached Wal l S t r e et . Gold man S ach s Group Inc. is ex­plor­ing op­tions for its less-than $1 mil­lion stake in We­in­stein Co., the film stu­dio that Har­vey co-founded with his brother Bob, ac­cord­ing to bank spokesman An­drew Wil­liams. “There is no place for the in­ex­cus­able be­hav­ior that had been re­ported, and we strongly con­demn it,” Wil­liams said in an emailed state­ment. FT pre­vi­ously re­ported the bank was eval­u­at­ing its stake.

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