Rose McGowan’s Twit­ter ac­count re­stored af­ter outcry

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - BREAKING NEWS - BY JAKE COYLE THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

NEW YORK — Twit­ter on Thurs­day re­stored Rose McGowan’s ac­count af­ter tem­po­rar­ily sus­pend­ing it and caus­ing an outcry it had muted one of the cen­tral fig­ures in the al­le­ga­tions against Har­vey We­in­stein.

The episode, Twit­ter said Thurs­day, was be­cause McGowan tweeted a pri­vate phone num­ber, a prac­tice it said vi­o­lated its ser­vice terms. The com­pany said it will “be clearer about these poli­cies and de­ci­sions in the fu­ture.”

McGowan’s sus­pen­sion caused an enor­mous back­lash on so­cial me­dia, with many crit­i­ciz­ing Twit­ter for a move that would si­lence an al­leged vic­tim of sex­ual ha­rass­ment by Har­vey We­in­stein. Jes­sica Chas­tain and An­thony Bour­dain were among those who ques­tioned Twit­ter’s ac­tion.

On her In­sta­gram ac­count, McGowan an­nounced her sus­pen­sion late Wed­nes­day, warn­ing that “there are pow­er­ful forces at work.”

“Be my voice,” wrote McGowan.

McGowan has been among the most vo­cal in Hol­ly­wood about sex­ual abuse in the in­dus­try. The New York Times ear­lier re­ported McGowan was among the nu­mer­ous women sex­u­ally ha­rassed by We­in­stein, who paid McGowan a fi­nan­cial set­tle­ment in 1997. That set­tle­ment in­cluded pro­vi­sions about speak­ing about the case in the fu­ture.

While McGowan has avoided ad­dress­ing her past with We­in­stein di­rectly, she has often seem­ingly ref­er­enced it. She last year said she had been raped by a “stu­dio head.” Af­ter the New Yorker ex­pose ran Tues­day, which in­cluded the re­port that We­in­stein had al­legedly sex­u­ally as­saulted three women, McGowan tweeted “now I am al­lowed to say rapist.”

“Any al­le­ga­tions of non­con­sen­sual con­tact are un­equiv­o­cally de­nied by Mr. We­in­stein,” We­in­stein rep­re­sen­ta­tive Sal­lie Hofmeis­ter said Wed­nes­day.

McGowan also re­cently called Ben Af­fleck “a liar” on Twit­ter and sug­gested the ac­tor knew about We­in­stein’s con­duct. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives for Af­fleck haven’t re­sponded to mes­sages re­gard­ing that al­le­ga­tion.

Rose McGowan

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