Mc­Gowan ‘spills’ on We­in­stein hush money

New York Post - - NEWS - By LIA EUSTACHEWICH and RUTH BROWN Ad­di­tional re­port­ing by Emily Smith

Ac­tress Rose Mc­Gowan opened up for the first time Thurs­day about why she was paid $100,000 in hush money by Har­vey We­in­stein — ac­cus­ing the de­posed movie mogul of rape while also say­ing she re­peat­edly warned Ama­zon Stu­dios’ chief about what We­in­stein had done.

“I told the head of your stu­dio that HW raped me. Over & over I said it. He said it hadn’t been proven. I said I was the proof,” she wrote to Ama­zon boss Jeff Be­zos in a five-post tweet­storm. “I force­fully begged stu­dio head to do the right thing. I was ig­nored. Deal was done. Ama­zon won a dirty Os­car.”

Mc­Gowan has pre­vi­ously said that she was “raped by a Hol­ly­wood stu­dio head,” and last week’s New York Times re­port re­veal­ing sex­ual-ha­rass­ment al­le­ga­tions against We­in­stein noted that he’d paid her a $100,000 set­tle­ment fol­low­ing “an episode in a ho­tel room dur­ing the Sun­dance Film Fes­ti­val.” But this is the first time she’s put We­in­stein’s name to a rape al­le­ga­tion.

The “Charmed” star went on to say that her con­ver­sa­tion with the Ama­zon Stu­dios head took place af­ter she had al­ready sold a TV script to Ama­zon — and that her show was killed fol­low­ing her ac­cu­sa­tions.

“I called my at­tor­ney & said I want to get my script back, but be­fore I could, #2 @ama­zon­stu­dios called to say my show was dead.”

The “dirty Os­car” does not ap­pear to re­fer to We­in­stein — who did not pro­duce ei­ther of Ama­zon’s Academy Award-win­ning films. “Manch­ester by the Sea,” which won two Os­cars, starred Casey Af­fleck, who set­tled two law­suits over sex­ual-ha­rass­ment al­le­ga­tions.

The We­in­stein Com­pany, which fired co-founder Har­vey over the week­end, is work­ing with Ama­zon on two up­com­ing se­ries, although the stu­dio now says it is “re­view­ing our op­tions for the projects.”

Mc­Gowan did not specif­i­cally say who the Ama­zon “stu­dio head” was, but the tweets came amid re­ports that Ama­zon’s pro­gram­ming chief, Roy Price, al­legedly sex­u­ally ha­rassed a fe­male ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer of one of its shows. Isa Hack­ett, an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer of “The Man in the High Cas­tle,” told The Hol­ly­wood Re­porter that Price told her, “You will love my d--k” while in a cab on the way to a crew party.

Hack­ett says Price later ap­proached her while she was talk­ing to other ex­ec­u­tives and said “anal sex” in her ear.

She said she promptly re­ported him to com­pany hon­chos, who brought in an out­side in­ves­ti­ga­tor. On Thurs­day, Ama­zon said pub­licly that Price has been put on a “leave of ab­sence” and that they “are re­view­ing our op­tions for the projects we have with The We­in­stein Co.”

Price did not re­turn a re­quest for com­ment.

Hol­ly­wood Re­porter part-owner Jan­ice Min tweeted out the re­port pref­ac­ing it, “Now for some con­text around the Rose Mc­Gowan-Jeff Be­zos thread . . .”

Mc­Gowan’s tweets came shortly af­ter Twit­ter lifted a sus­pen­sion on her ac­count — she had ac­cused “pow­er­ful forces” of be­ing be­hind the ban, and #WomenBoy­cottTwit­ter be­came the No. 1 trend­ing hash­tag. Twit­ter said it was be­cause she had listed some­one’s per­sonal phone num­ber, in vi­o­la­tion of rules.

The lat­est rev­e­la­tions un­folded as po­lice probes into We­in­stein’s al­leged crimes spread. Lon­don’s Metropoli­tan Po­lice told The Guardian it is in­ves­ti­gat­ing a sex­ual-abuse al­le­ga­tion against the filthy film ty­coon — fol­low­ing the NYPD’s an­nounce­ment that it is look­ing into ac­cu­sa­tions by three women.

An LAPD source also said Thurs­day that it’s “con­sid­er­ing” in­ves­ti­gat­ing We­in­stein, Dead­line Hol­ly­wood re­ported.

Mean­while, more ac­tresses came for­ward to share their own We­in­stein “cast­ing couch” hor­ror sto­ries — join­ing the many women now mak­ing ac­cu­sa­tions against the Hol­ly­wood horn­dog.

For­mer “NCIS: Los An­ge­les” star Claire For­lani claimed that she “es­caped” the clutches of the “master ma­nip­u­la­tor” on five oc­ca­sions as a young wo­man.

“All I re­mem­ber was I ducked, dived and ul­ti­mately got out of there with­out get­ting slob­bered over, well just a bit. Yes, mas­sage was sug­gested,” she wrote.

An­other Bri­tish ac­tress said she was so trau­ma­tized when We­in­stein mas­tur­bated in front of her that it ru­ined her film ca­reer.

“I de­cided if this what be­ing an ac­tress is like, I don’t want it,” So­phie Dix told The Guardian.

Dix, who was 22 at the time, said that in the 1990s, she “naively” ac­cepted an in­vi­ta­tion to We­in­stein’s ho­tel room, where he pushed her onto the bed and tugged her clothes. She locked her­self in the bath­room and emerged later to find him plea­sur­ing him­self.

We­in­stein is cur­rently en­sconced at an ad­dic­tion-treat­ment fa­cil­ity in Ari­zona. Sources told The Post it was The Mead­ows in Wick­en­burg.

The cen­ter costs $37,000 a month, ac­cord­ing to on­line re­views, and of­fers treat­ment for sex­ual ad­dic­tion as well as “love ad­dic­tion” and “work ad­dic­tion,” along­side drug and al­co­hol ad­di­tion.

Mean­while, agents across Hol­ly­wood are steer­ing clear of The We­in­stein Com­pany, fear­ing back­lash from their clients or cre­at­ing the im­pres­sion they’re in busi­ness with his for­mer com­pany, in­dus­try in­sid­ers told Dead­line Hol­ly­wood.

The Web site said that agents at first seemed ready to keep deal­ing with We­in­stein’s com­pany af­ter he left last week­end but are now dis­tanc­ing them­selves amid the claims of abuse.

CREEP SHOW: Ac­tress Rose Mc­Gowan joins movie mogul Har­vey We­in­stein at an awards show in 2007, a decade af­ter he paid her $100,000 when she was 23 years old — money that the “Charmed” star sug­gested was to stay mum about a ho­tel-room rape at a film fes­ti­val.


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