Published: Wed, November 01, 2017
Markets | By Erika Turner

Rose McGowan to speak publicly for the 1st time since Weinstein allegations

Rose McGowan to speak publicly for the 1st time since Weinstein allegations

Weinstein was sacked from The Weinstein Company on October 8 after The New York Times published an expose that detailed decades of sexual harassment allegations against him.

McGowan, 44, who was allegedly raped by Harvey Weinstein at the Sudance Film Festival in 1997, said that someone close to the scandal-hit producer had made the offer in exchange for her signing a nondisclosure agreement.

But "The Charmed" and "Scream" actress says she initially countered with her own offer for $6million!

McGowan, who revealed earlier this month that she was allegedly raped by Weinstein, said she considered the offer, but countered with United States dollars 6 million.

Although McGowan was not named in the original October 5 Times story, she has since become an outspoken voice for victims, sharing her story of what she says was her rape by Weinstein during the Sundance Film Festival in 1997. "I figured I could probably have gotten him up to three", she said.

"The scarlet letter is theirs", she said.

The actress said she was made to feel as though filing criminal charges against Weinstein would have been hopeless, and recalled being told, "You're an actress, you've done a sex scene, you're done". It's time to be whole. She had spoken publicly about being sexually assaulted by a powerful Hollywood executive in the past, though she didn't identify her alleged abuser as Weinstein until after the New Yorker report came out. I have been harassed.

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In 1997, Weinstein reportedly paid McGowan $100,000 in a settlement for an incident in a hotel room.

He has denied allegations of unconsensual sex, apologized for past behavior against colleagues and has sought treatment. We are pure, we are strong, we are fearless and we will fight. She shared new information about the circumstances surrounding the encounter with Weinstein-though she declined to reveal more about the encounter itself-with the Times, including that it was set up by her then-manager, Jill Messick, of Addis-Wechsler & Associates (now Industry Entertainment).

"When I asked what she meant by that, and how could she possibly be blacklisted, she told me the horrifying story of what Harvey did to her seven years earlier", he added.

"And then what happened, happened", she said.

She wrote:"You know what is truth, Lisa?"

Just as I finished telling Rose this, I saw Harvey walking around the party!

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