Rose McGowan says We­in­stein raped her

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES GLOBAL -

New York: In a flurry of un­re­strained tweets and with the “RoseArmy” at her back, Rose McGowan has emerged a kind of whistle­blow­ing avenger in the Har­vey We­in­stein saga, leav­ing a scorched path be­hind her across so­cial me­dia.

Af­ter long ref­er­enc­ing a past in­ci­dent with We­in­stein, McGowan on Thurs­day for the first time said it out­right: “HW raped me,” the ac­tress wrote, ap­par­ently re­fer­ring to the em­bat­tled for­mer We­in­stein Co. co-chair­man. We­in­stein rep­re­sen­ta­tive Sal­lie Hofmeis­ter said “any al­le­ga­tions of non-con­sen­sual con­tact are unequiv­o­cally de­nied by Mr We­in­stein.”

The Hol­ly­wood Re­porter said McGowan con­firmed it was We­in­stein she was re­fer­ring to; her rep­re­sen­ta­tive did not re­spond to a mes­sage seek­ing com­ment. McGowan’s ac­cu­sa­tion was the lat­est devel­op­ment in the fast-un­rav­el­ing saga sur­round­ing We­in­stein.

Po­lice de­tec­tives in New York and Lon­don said on Thurs­day that they are tak­ing a fresh look into sex­ual as­sault al­le­ga­tions against We­in­stein now that some 30 ac­tresses have ac­cused the Rose McGowan tar­geted Jeff Be­zos in her tweets. ‘I told the head of your stu­dio that HW raped me. Over and Over I said it. He said it hadn’t been proven. I said I was the proof’ Hol­ly­wood film pro­ducer of in­ap­pro­pri­ate con­duct.

But it has been McGowan who spoke loud­est on Thurs- Jane Fonda on Thurs­day told the BBC that she had heard of the ac­cu­sa­tions against We­in­stein a year ago — ad­mit­ting she ‘should’ve been braver’ in voic­ing the claims day, even though she spent half the day sus­pended by Twit­ter. McGowan posted a se­ries of tweets di­rected at “Over and Over I said it. He said it hadn’t been proven. I said I was the proof.”

“When I heard a We­in­stein bailout was in the works... I force­fully begged stu­dio head to do the right thing. I was ig­nored.... Ama­zon won a dirty Os­car,” she al­leged. “I am call­ing on you to stop fund­ing rapists, al­leged pe­dos and sex­ual ha­rassers. I love @ama­zon­stu­dios but there is rot in Hol­ly­wood.” McGowan had last year said that she had been raped by a “stu­dio head”.

Ama­zon did not re­turn a mes­sage seek­ing com­ment.

Au­thor­i­ties are also seek­ing ev­i­dence against We­in­stein, who in a video posted by celebrity web­site TMZ was shown on Wed­nes­day out­side a Los An­ge­les home telling the pa­parazzi that he “needs help”. “Guys, I’m not do­ing OK but I’m try­ing,” he said in the video ob­tained. “I got to get help. You know what, we all make mis­takes.”

Some 30 women in­clud­ing ac­tresses An­gelina Jolie and Gwyneth Pal­trow — have spo­ken out re­cently to say We­in­stein had sex­u­ally ha­rassed or sex­u­ally as­saulted them.

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