Rose McGowan says Weinstein raped her
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.