ROSE’S LAMENT

MCGOWAN SAYS WE­IN­STEIN RAPED HER

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There is no end to the Har­vey We­in­stein drama. More is­sues just kept pop­ping up from the New York Times ex­pose wherein We­in­stein al­legedly sex­u­ally as­saulted three women in­clud­ing Ash­ley Judd and Rose McGowan.

In the re­cent domino ef­fect, McGowan has been sus­pended from Twit­ter. She has used the plat­form to ac­cuse We­in­stein, and crit­i­cize Ben Af­fleck and a slew of other celebri­ties whom she la­beled as un­sym­pa­thetic to We­in­stein’s vic­tims.

Af­ter a sus­pen­sion ear­lier in the day from Twit­ter, ac­tress 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.

We­in­stein’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive Sal­lie Hofmeis­ter de­nied any re­port of non-con­sen­sual sex.

McGowan last year said that she had been raped by a “stu­dio head.” The New Yorker ex­pose that ran Tues­day re­ported that We­in­stein paid a fi­nan­cial set­tle­ment of $100,000 to McGowan in 1997 over an in­ci­dent in a ho­tel room at the Sun­dance Film Fes­ti­val.

There were no po­lice records of the in­ci­dent though.

The Times re­ported We­in­stein’s set­tle­ment with McGowan in­cluded pro­vi­sions about speak­ing about the case in the fu­ture.

But McGowan ap­peared em­bold­ened Thurs­day to de­scribe more out­right her past ex­pe­ri­ence with We­in­stein. Shortly be­fore a se­ries of tweets ad­dressed to Ama­zon chief Jeff Be­zos, McGowan tweeted a woman war­rior pic­ture with a “Rosearmy” hash­tag and stated “It’s on.”

“I told the head of your stu­dio that HW raped me,” said McGowan in tweets di­rected to 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.

Why did McGowan tar­get Ama­zon? Be­cause there is another re­port about Price’s in­volve­ment in a sex­ual ha­rass­ment in­ci­dent.

Price, the head of Ama­zon Stu­dios, was put on leave Thurs­day fol­low­ing sex­ual ha­rass­ment al­le­ga­tions from a pro­ducer on the Ama­zon se­ries “Man in the High Cas­tle,” adding to Hol­ly­wood’s cri­sis over its mis­treat­ment of women.

Ama­zon is de­vel­op­ing two se­ries with The We­in­stein Co.: “The Ro­manoffs” and an un­ti­tled drama from film­maker David O. Rus­sell and star­ring Robert De Niro and Ju­lianne Moore.

The 44-year-old McGowan has emerged as one of the most vo­cal in Hol­ly­wood about sex­ual abuse and ha­rass­ment in the in­dus­try. She has pushed for the re­main­ing board mem­bers of The We­in­stein Co. to re­sign in the wake of the al­le­ga­tions against We­in­stein. She also this week called Ben Af­fleck “a liar” on Twit­ter, sug­gest­ing the ac­tor knew about We­in­stein’s con­duct. (She and Af­fleck co-starred in 1997's “Go­ing All the Way” and 1998′s “Phan­toms.“)

Twit­ter said Thurs­day that it sus­pended McGowan’s ac­count be­cause she tweeted a pri­vate phone num­ber, a prac­tice it said vi­o­lated its ser­vice terms.

As a re­sult, #WomenBoy­cottTwit­ter be­came yes­ter­day’s top trend­ing topic on Twit­ter for hours. The plan is for women to boy­cott Twit­ter Fri­day in the US (Satur­day morn­ing in the Philip­pines). But a lot of men are stand­ing by the women.

ROSE MCGOWAN AND HAR­VEY WE­IN­STEIN (IN­SET)

ROY PRICE goes on leave af­ter pro­ducer Isa Hack­ett claimed in a pub­lished re­port that Price propo­si­tioned her with crudely sug­ges­tive lan­guage af­ter a 2015 Comic-Con event in San Diego.

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