[The Hollywood Reporter] “It’s been an open secret in Hollywood/Media & they shamed me while adulating my rapist,” she wrote on Twitter on Thursday night, before all but naming her attacker.
In a series of provocative tweets, outspoken feminist actress-turned-filmmaker and activist Rose McGowan has declared she was raped by a powerful Hollywood executive – and, by process of deduction, left industry insiders narrowing down to whom she was referring.
Using the trending #WhyWomenDontReport hashtag, McGowan posted on Thursday evening that she’d attempted to have her alleged rapist brought to justice. She wrote, “a (female) criminal attorney said because I’d done a sex scene in a film I would never win against the studio head.”
McGowan continued, “it’s been an open secret in Hollywood/Media & they shamed me while adulating my rapist,” before all but naming her attacker. She finished by stating: “It is time for some goddamned honesty in this world.”
The statements have been liked and retweeted several hundred times.
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[Optional] Why do you think she isn’t naming or filing charges against her attacker?
Rose’s Ex: Robert Rodriguez?
Studio Head/Studio: Harvey Weinstein?
Yesterday, mega-producer Harvey Weinstein was named as a serial harasser/abuser of multiple women over multiple decades.
Actress Ashley Judd was one of those women.
Let’s talk about another.
Actress Rose McGowen was paid $100,000 by Weinstein as a settlement for something very serious back in 1997.
McGowan reportedly reached a $100,000 settlement with Weinstein after an encounter in a hotel room with the executive producer in 1997 during the Sundance Film Festival.
The $100,000 payout was “not to be construed as an admission” by Weinstein, but intended to “avoid litigation and buy peace,” according to a legal document reportedly reviewed by the NYT.
Buy peace? Buy silence is more like it!
An “encounter”? For what kind of “encounter” would an executive have to pay $100K to an actress in a legal settlement?
According to the New York Times, Weinstein has reached at least eight settlements with women, including McGowan. In their claims, they allege that Weinstein behaved inappropriately during work meetings.
Eight settlements, all of which were kept quiet until now? That’s a pattern we’ve seen before with men like Bill Cosby and Roger Ailes. Eight women is likely just the tip of the iceberg. How many more are out there?
Weinstein’s behavior is clearly disturbing.
It is also disturbing that attorney Lisa Bloom – Gloria Alred’s daughter – is representing Weinstein.
Bloom has always held herself up as a champion of women’s rights, saying that women who are assaulted by men need to be believed. Why is she now defending a known predator? Did he promise to produce a movie for her?
Weinstein’s attorney, Lisa Bloom, said in a statement that “he denies many of the accusations as patently false.”
Of course he does. Weinstein and Bloom are both horrible people.
Let’s get back to the McGowan case.
In order to settle with Weinstein, McGowan probably had to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement. We do not know what kind of penalty she would face for breaking her silence and thus breaking the agreement. It is reasonable to assume that the legal and financial penalties would make her hesitate to name names.
She has been hinting at the event, though, through stories, through social media, and through a memoir that will be published next year.
The story was the original blind item where she says that she was “raped by a powerful Hollywood executive” who was a “studio head.” She also said “my ex sold our movie to my rapist.” She could be talking about Grindhouse, directed by her then boyfriend Robert Rodriguez, which was sold to The Weinstein Company.
Yesterday, when the Weinstein story broke, McGowan tweeted:
Anyone who does business with _____ is complicit. And deep down you know you are even dirtier. Cleanse yourselves.
Is there any doubt that the timing and content of her tweet gives away who it is about?
Then there’s the book. Rose McGowan is publishing her memoir early next year.
Supposedly, Weinstein was terrified that he would be named as the rapist in her story, and that was the reason other journalists started getting more aggressive about exposing his long and sordid history.
So, Rose McGowan’s book may actually be the reason that Weinstein is finally being named – not yet by her as her rapist – but by others as a serial abuser of women in Hollywood!
The title of Rose McGowan’s book is Brave.
Rose’s Ex: Robert Rodriguez
Studio Head/Studio: Harvey Weinstein
Rose McGowan has now stated outright that Producer Harvey Weinstein raped her!
McGowan is also saying that Harvey Weinstein, via his former attorney Lisa Bloom, offered her SIX MILLION DOLLARS to keep her mouth shut about the assault!
It is interesting to note that the offer was made not to McGowan’s attorney or agent or manager… but to her literary agent. That validates BlindGossip.com’s previous statement that Weinstein was terrified about McGowan exposing him in McGowan’s upcoming book.
The offer was made the night before the New York Times expose was published. This validates BlindGossip.com’s previous statement that other journalists had started getting more aggressive about exposing his long and sordid history in anticipation of McGowan’s book.
Rose McGowan is not shutting up for anyone, anymore, for any amount of money!
The ex in the original blind item is Robert Rodriguez.
Rose McGowan was assaulted by Weinstein in 1997.
Did Rodriguez know that Weinstein had assaulted McGowan… but continued to do business with Weinstein anyway?.
Did Weinstein basically buy Rodriguez’s silence by doing those deals?
Something stinks here.
I find the behavior of Harvey Weinstein truly disgusting, both what he did and how he covered his tracks, and it makes me wonder how many others can’t come forward and tell their full story because of legal and personal intimidation. His repulsive behavior was an abuse of power. Thankfully, he’s now discovering what true power is.
Perhaps Weinstein isn’t the only man in this story who is truly disgusting and repulsive.
Now, on to that $6 million bribe!
Rose McGowan: Lisa Bloom Offered Millions to ‘Silence Me’ About Weinstein
Sunday night, using her Facebook account, actress Rose McGowan accused disgraced attorney Lisa Bloom of offering her millions of dollars to hop on board the “Harvey’s Changed bandwagon.”
Bloom immediately denied McGowan’s allegations. Nevertheless, with her reputation already shattered by similar accusations of incompetence and inappropriate behavior in defense of producer Harvey Weinstein and Amazon’s Roy Price, the last thing Bloom needed was McGowan hopping on board the “Lisa Bloom’s a bumbling sell-out” bandwagon.
McGowan opens with:
Your very name makes my stomach clench with a stressed tightness that takes my breath away. As does your mercenary act of depravity. Did you think of how it would affect victims to see you champion a rapist? How it felt to those you once “fought for,” for them to know that you used them. You remember them right? They were the victims of assaults, women you’d previously helped. You lied to those hurt women and hid your true character. You wanted a shortcut to fame. You sold your book [to Weinstein] to be made into a mini-series, where you’d be the next Erin Brokovich, right?
And that was the good part.
I feel like people should know that you’ve been calling my literary agent and saying there’d be money for me if I got on the ‘Harvey’s Changed’ bandwagon. You told her that I should care about HIS reputation. How HE has a family now and HE has changed. Well, guess what? I’ve always had a family and that didn’t stop him from assaulting me.
McGowan goes on to lay out what she claims are the details of six months of pressure from Bloom and Weinstein’s other attorney, Charles Harder, to accept the hush money.
You and your vile partner in evil … have been hounding me for months now. Terrorizing me at every turn. Trying to silence me.
The night before the New York Times report came out. McGowan says she was offered a million dollars.
I then drove it to 6 million. But after “warring with thoughts” of how the money would help her family, McGowan says she turned the offer down. I will not be purchased. I will not be sold. Never again.
McGowan then details the two-decade old story of the $100,000 settlement she claims to have received from Weinstein, which did not include, according to her, a non-disclosure agreement.
I never signed an NDA. I’ve told scores of people the truth. And the open secret in Hollywood and mainstream media laid shame at my door.
So what we have here is yet-another claim that many, many, many in Hollywood knew and chose to enable Weinstein through silence.
McGowan closes with another broadside against Bloom:
Lisa Bloom, I had to play the trickiest game of my life because your threats were all about trying to silence me NOW.
You don’t get a mea culpa do over. We don’t trust you. We don’t like you. We see you.
The scarlet letter is yours, and it’s S is for SHAME.
In her statement to BuzzFeed, Bloom calls the accusations “completely false” and claims, ” I don’t even know who her agent is. I never threatened Rose McGowan, nor offered her money, nor reached out to her.”
In case you think that Lisa Bloom’s defense of Harvey “Serial Rapist” Weinstein was a one-time error in judgement, think again!
This past week, it was discovered that Bloom was also working for Amazon’s Harasser of the Week, Entertainment Division head Roy Price… who is a good friend of Weinstein’s!
Bloom was busy threatening publications not to run an expose on Roy “You Will Love My Dick” Price that detailed the extent of his sexual harassment of employees and clients.
Once Price was exposed, his fiancee called off their wedding. Not so coincidentally, the bride’s wedding dress by by Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman, the wife of Harvey Weinstein.
Well, at least Weinstein has his good friend, Woody Allen, to support him!
LoveFifteen was first with the correct response.
The title of Rose McGowan’s book is Brave.