Rose McGowan claims Harvey Weinstein would ‘prefer it if she were dead’

ROSE McGowan has claimed disgraced Miramax producer Harvey Weinstein "would prefer her dead" following the widespread scale of sexual assault scandal. The 44-year-old actress also dubbed Weinstein a "sociopath" and claims she has been followed, intimidated and may have had her computer hacked since breaking her silence last October. Talking to the Sunday People the actress said: "I'm sure he would prefer it if I were dead. He's a sociopath. I am not afraid but I should be." Speaking of her fight against sexual abuse she continued: "Things are changing but there's still so much to do. "I saw this flower all bent growing through sidewalk cracks and I thought 'That's what we all are. We are bent but not broken.' I want to get to the light." Last October Rose - best known for her role as Paige Matthews in US drama Charmed - claimed Weinstein raped her in 1997, a claim he has always denied. A statement from his Attorney Ben Brafman read: "Ms. McGowan claims to have confided in her Manager in the day after the alleged assault and an A-list actor Ben Affleck who Ms. McGowan claims to have also told about her encounter with Mr Weinstein shortly after the incident she now decribes as "rape", but which in 1997 she described to her Manager as a "consensual" act of sex." A spokesman for Harvey Weinstein has been contacted for comment. Since then she has become a figurehead for the worldwide movement against sexual abuse but has distanced herself from #MeToo movement which she has dubbed "a fakery". She also hit out at lawyers working for the shamed movie producer, dubbing them "monsters". Rose McGowan speaks out on alleged sexual misconduct by Harvey Weinstein Rose - who will appear in court next week over cocaine possession - says she will be taking further action against the disgraced movie boss who she believes has employed an Israeli spy company to intimidate and harass her. In recent months the actress has quit Hollywood, lashed out at the global #MeToo movement and Continue Reading

Rose McGowan slams Meryl Streep, Golden Globes black dress ‘stunt’ in Docuseries: ‘It’s a Lie’

Rose McGowan is documenting her mission to pull back the curtain on the dark side of Hollywood. After calling out Meryl Streep in a since-deleted tweet last month for allegedly remaining silent about Harvey Weinstein — who McGowan claims sexually assaulted her in 1997 — the Charmed star, 44, expressed her feelings about the screen icon again during Tuesday’s Citizen Rose premiere on E! “It was hard as f— to turn on the Academy Awards and see Meryl f—ing Streep calling him God,” McGowan told a fellow Weinstein accuser, Italian actress Asia Argento, referring to Streep’s acceptance speech at the 2012 ceremony. Streep, 68, responded with a statement in December, saying, “It hurt to be attacked by Rose McGowan in banner headlines this weekend, but I want to let her know I did not know about Weinstein’s crimes, not in the 90s when he attacked her, or through subsequent decades when he proceeded to attack others.” McGowan — who only refers to Weinstein as “the monster” throughout the docuseries, in which his name is bleeped and blurred out in news reports — also expanded on why she disagreed with many stars’ decisions to wear black to the Golden Globes earlier this month. “Wearing all black to the Golden Globes just felt really stuntish to me, felt really craven,” McGowan told the camera. “I wanted to tell the truth about why the Golden Globes are there, what is means. The thing about the black dresses is, I’m sure a lot of these women are well meaning, but it’s a PR machine stunt overall. Because the people behind it are the agents that sent us women — not me, but others — into the lions’ den to be eaten and consumed. It’s not just dresses, it’s a lie.” Ultimately, McGowan wondered of the dozens of men who have fallen from grace due to accusations of sexual harassment or assault, “If they’re Continue Reading

Robert Rodriguez Denies ‘Mind Games’ With Rose McGowan – Here’s His Full Statement

"I agree with what Rose is trying to do overall, which is continue to push for change both in our industry and beyond," Rodriguez says... Debbie Emery and Umberto Gonzalez, provided by Published 12:40 am, Thursday, January 4, 2018 window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-5', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 5', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-10', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 10', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-15', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 15', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-17', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 17', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); Image 1of/17 CaptionClose Image 1 of 17 Oliver Stone– In an Oct. 12 New York Daily News article, model Carrie Stevens accused Stone of sexual assault. Stone has not commented on the accusations. Oliver Stone – In an Oct. 12 New York Daily News article, model Carrie Stevens accused Stone of sexual assault. Stone has not commented on the accusations. Image 2 of 17 Bob Weinstein– In an Oct. 17 article, Variety reported television executive Amanda Segel has accused Weinstein of sexual harassment. A Weinstein representative denied the allegation. Bob Weinstein – In an Oct. 17 article, Variety reported television executive Amanda Segel has accused Weinstein of sexual harassment. A Weinstein representative denied the allegation. Continue Reading

Rose McGowan, Harvey Weinstein accusers slam Hollywood over claims of ignorance

"You lie.”In a tweet Tuesday night, Rose McGowan helped expose the hypocrisy percolating around Hollywood in response to the Harvey Weinstein scandal. McGowan, who The New York Times reported reached a $100,000 settlement with Weinstein after an incident in a hotel room in 1997, tweeted her defiant response to Ben Affleck's suggestions that he didn't know about Weinstein's misdeeds.“‘(Expletive)! I TOLD HIM TO STOP DOING THAT’ you said that to my face,” McGowan wrote. “The press conf I was made to go to after assault. You lie.”Affleck, who won his first Academy Award for the 1997 film Good Will Hunting from Weinstein's Miramax Films, released a statement Tuesday claiming the allegations "made me sick," saying nothing about whether he knew about the producer's history of misconduct.In the days since the New York Times' initial report of Weinstein's crimes, two narratives have emerged in Hollywood: "everybody knew" and "nobody knew."Accusers in the Times and New Yorker pieces made clear to those outlets their belief that Weinstein's predatory practices were widely known.“I know that everybody — I mean everybody — in Hollywood knows that it’s happening,” actress Emma de Caunes, to whom Weinstein allegedly exposed himself in a hotel room in 2010, told the New Yorker. “He’s not even really hiding. I mean, the way he does it, so many people are involved and see what’s happening. But everyone’s too scared to say anything.”"The media's white whale," Janice Min, former editor in chief of The Hollywood Reporter and Us Weekly, applauded on Twitter. "Finally, finally, finally." More: Everything you need to know about Harvey Weinstein’s downfall Hollywood reacts: The Obamas are 'disgusted'; Hillary Clinton is 'appalled' More: Our problem with sexual abuse is about more Continue Reading

Harvey Weinstein: Rose McGowan makes rape accusation; Hanks blames Hollywood entitlement

The latest developments in the Harvey Weinstein scandal, as they happen:Rose McGowan claims "HW"  raped her in tweet to Amazon chief: After a brief suspension from Twitter, actress Rose McGowan forcefully returned Thursday, stating more frankly what she has long suggested: "HW raped me."Weinstein representative Sallie Hofmeister did not immediately return a message from The Associated Press seeking comment, but has said Weinstein "unequivocally" denies "any allegations of non-consensual contact."McGowan last year said that she had been raped by a "studio head," according to The AP. The New Yorker exposé that ran Tuesday reported that Weinstein had allegedly sexually assaulted three women, though the third woman was unnamed. The New York Times earlier reported that Weinstein paid a financial settlement of $100,000 to McGowan in 1997. That settlement included provisions about speaking about the case in the future."I told the head of your studio that HW raped me," McGowan said in tweets directed to Amazon chief Jeff Bezos. "Over and Over I said it. He said it hadn't been proven. I said I was the proof."Representatives for Amazon did not immediately comment to The AP on Thursday.How McGowan ran afoul of Twitter: Twitter is finally explaining why it temporarily restricted McGowan's account."THERE ARE POWERFUL FORCES AT WORK. BE MY VOICE," McGowan captioned an Instagram post featuring a screenshot of a Twitter notice indicating her account violated Twitter rules and had been temporarily limited.Late Thursday morning, Twitter said it had unlocked her account. "We want to explain that her account was temporarily locked because one of her Tweets included a private phone number, which violates our Terms of Service," the Twitter Safety team said in a post. "The Tweet was removed and her account has been unlocked. We will be clearer about these policies and decisions in the future."Twitter's response came after a storm of Continue Reading

Alec Baldwin vows Twitter account shutdown after backlash over Harvey Weinstein comments

Alec Baldwin announced he will suspend his personal Twitter account Saturday following online criticism over comments he made over movie mogul Harvey Weinstein's sexual harassment and abuse allegations.Baldwin came under fire following a PBS interview posted Friday where he talked about Weinstein's reported payoffs to keep women he had allegedly sexually abused, including actress Rose McGowan, from coming forward (Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex).Baldwin said he was no longer engaging online on Saturday."It is (with) some degree of sadness that I will suspend posting on this (Twitter) account for a the current climate," Baldwin said in the first of a series of tweets from his official account.In the PBS Newshour interview, the actor discussed Weinstein's reported payoff to McGowan."And where this thing with Harvey Weinstein and Rose McGowan came along was, I had no idea, until now, that she had settled the case," Baldwin said. "And I found this very compelling. The New York Times wrote an article and said, 'Do the settlement of these cases hurt the cause of exposing and bringing us to a place of real change?' When women take money and are silenced by that money, even though they took the money and were silenced because they were told, beyond the money, it was the right thing for them to do — keep quiet, don’t make too many waves, it is going to hurt your career. When they do it, nonetheless, does it set back the cause of change?"Asia Argento, one of Weinstein's many accusers, was one of the vocal online critics of the interview, tweeting at Baldwin: "You're either a complete moron or providing cover for your pals and saving your own rep. Maybe all three."In a later tweet Argento said Baldwin was "mansplaining 'the cause' for women everywhere." More: Harvey Weinstein scandal: New York police building case to arrest Weinstein More: List: All of the Hollywood power Continue Reading

Harvey Weinstein scandal: A complete list of the 78 accusers

Since the New York Times and New Yorker published bombshell reports detailing decades of alleged sexual harassment and assault by producer Harvey Weinstein early this month, dozens of women have come forward with similar claims against the movie mogul.78 women have accused Weinstein of inappropriate to potentially criminal behavior ranging from requests for massages to intimidating sexual advances to rape. Weinstein has denied the allegations."Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr.  Weinstein," Weinstein spokeswoman Holly Baird told USA TODAY in a statement.Here is a complete (and developing) list of his accusers:1. Amber Anderson, an actress known for The Riot Club, posted to Instagram on Oct. 16 that Weinstein “coerced” her into a private meeting. “He behaved inappropriately and propositioned a ‘personal’ relationship to further my career whilst bragging about other actresses he had ‘helped’ in a similar way,” she wrote. “He tried to take my hand and put it in his lap which is when I managed to leave the room.” 2. Lysette Anthony, an English model and actress of Husbands and Wives, told ‘The Sunday Times’ on Oct. 15 that Weinstein raped her in her home in the late 1980s. 3. Asia Argento, an Italian actress, model and director, told The New Yorker that in 1997 when she was 21, Weinstein asked for a massage and forcibly performed oral sex on her at a hotel in France. 4. Rosanna Arquette, 58, told The New Yorker she rebuffed an early 1990s advance from Weinstein, saying he asked for a massage while wearing only a bathrobe. She says the producer told her she was making a “big mistake” by rejecting him and claims he has made things “very difficult for (her) for years.” Arquette is an actress, director and producer known for her work in Pulp Continue Reading

Who was ‘YOUR Harvey Weinstein’ thread goes viral because there are too many of these stories

"When did you meet YOUR Harvey Weinstein? I'll go first ..." a writer tweeted after reading about the Oscar-winning producer's decades-spanning sexual harassment scandal. The response was overwhelming. In less than a day, Anne T. Donahue received more than 2,200 responses from women and men sharing their stories.The incidents they recalled spanned from harassment to rape; the offenders from family members to teachers to employers; the industries from Hollywood to food service to government to media to military; the ages at which they experienced it from early childhood to senior years. "Whenever you see anything with that amount of numbers it's indicative of a massive social pattern that shows what's going on in the world, which really sucks," said Donahue, a culture writer and author of the upcoming book of essays Nobody Cares. "Rape culture doesn't discriminate. As prevalent as we know it is, something like this makes you think — do we really know how prevalent it is?"In the thread, one woman said she was flashed at the age of 6. Another recalled her dad's best friend asking her to a hotel when she was 13. Others told stories of being demoted when they reported inappropriate behavior at work. As for Donahue, she recounted an experience — "one of many" — in which her boss escalated harassment of her when she was 17."It started with him talking about his sex life ... it led to him touching me," she told USA TODAY. "By 17 you've experienced so much harassment already that when I told my friends it was kind of like, 'Ew, yeah, another gross guy.' ... The next day I went shopping it was so normal." WEINSTEIN FALLOUT: Rose McGowan, Amber Tamblyn, America Ferrera sound off MORE: Harvey Weinstein officially begins leave of absence; board vows 'thorough' investigation Just as the Weinstein report didn't shock Donahue, neither did the hundreds of Continue Reading

Republicans and Democrats war over Harvey Weinstein donations

Harvey Weinstein has officially become a political liability.On Thursday, after The New York Times published sexual harassment allegations against the Hollywood producer going back almost 30 years, the fallout was quick.While Weinstein apologized and announced a leave of absence from his company, Hollywood insiders began sharing their own tales of the mogul on Twitter the DNC and 10 Senate Democrats quickly moved to rid themselves of Weinstein's campaign donations.Weinstein and his family have given more than $1.4 million in political contributions since the 1992 election cycle, reports the Associated Press, virtually all of it to Democratic lawmakers, candidates and their allies, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. More: Harvey Weinstein officially begins leave of absence; board vows 'thorough' investigation Weinstein's campaign contributions are tiny compared to those who donate tens of millions of dollars during a two-year election cycle, but he's been a fixture among Democratic supporters and close to party luminaries for decades, making the revelations especially embarrassing for a party that touts itself as pushing progressive policies for women. More: Rose McGowan calls Hollywood 'complicit' after Harvey Weinstein allegations surface More: Read Weinstein's full statement Sen. Patrick Leahy, a Democrat from Vermont, was the first to announce Thursday he'd be giving away the money Weinstein has donated to his re-election campaign committee over the years. The total was $5,600 with $2,799 of that being put toward his 2016 bid. "Sen. Leahy is donating Mr. Weinstein's contributions to the Women's Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation, specifically the Change the Story Initiative," his representative Carolyn Dwyer confirmed to USA TODAY.On Friday, more Democrats fell in line. Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) will donate the $19,600 Weinstein contributions to his reelection campaign Continue Reading

Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment claims: ‘One of the most open secrets in Hollywood’

Hollywood reacted with disgust — but not surprise — after allegations of decades of sexual harassment by producer Harvey Weinstein surfaced Thursday in The New York Times.After being named in the Times piece, actress Rose McGowan tweeted: "Anyone who does business with __ is complicit. And deep down you know you are even dirtier. Cleanse yourselves."The Times wrote that in 1997, Weinstein reached a previously undisclosed settlement with Rose McGowan, then 23, after an episode in a hotel room during Sundance Film Festival.The $100,000 settlement was “not to be construed as an admission” by Weinstein, but intended to “avoid litigation and buy peace,” according to the legal document, which was reviewed by the newspaper. McGowan had just appeared in the slasher film Scream. MORE: The political fallout has begun for Weinstein She did not comment to the Times.After the piece broke, CNN's Jake Tapper tweeted that Weinstein's conduct was an open secret in Hollywood. "Hollywood producer I know: 'Shocked it’s taken so long for a Harvey Weinstein behavior expose. One of the most open secrets in Hollywood.' "Former Hollywood Reporter editor in chief Janice Min (who previously served as editor in chief of Us Weekly) applauded on Twitter. "The media's white whale," she wrote. "Finally, finally, finally."Amber Tamblyn, who recently wrote an op-ed about an unsettling experience she had as an underage teen with actor James Woods, tweeted this: "Heed the mantra and never forget: Women. Have. Nothing. To. Gain. And. Everything. To Lose. By. Coming. forward."She added that her message was "for those who want to blame victims" and urged her followers to "Stand with @AshleyJudd or give your legs to someone else. What she and others have just done is painful and difficult and triumphant."America Ferrera tweeted that such "abuse of power must be called out, however Continue Reading