MCGOWAN SAYS WEINSTEIN RAPED HER
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.
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.