Rose McGowan Excoriates Hollywood: "It's Time to Clean House"


The actress, well known for her starring role in the series "Charmed", was among the women cited in the initial New York Times report earlier this month as having settled harassment claims with Weinstein, though she did not comment for the article.

Actress Rose McGowan delivered an impassioned speech at the Women's Convention in Detroit on Friday, taking aim at President Trump for his now infamous "Access Hollywood" tape as well as Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, whom she has accused of sexual assault. After finding that she had been banned from appearing in any Miramax films, he says he offered to "write her a BAD ASS character and make her one of the leads".

The actor says that she initially responded to Weinstein's offer with her own counter-offer of $6m, partly as a way of raising money towards paying for her career as a multimedia artist and partly as a means of torturing the producer.

"The triggering has been insane - the monster's face [is] everywhere, my nightmare", 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". "My name is Rose McGowan and I am courageous and I am you". I am just like you.

McGowan was reported to have reached a $100,000 settlement with Weinstein after an undisclosed hotel room encounter between them during the1997 Sundance Film Festival.

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In response to the lengthy accusations made against Weinstein, a spokesperson for the movie mogul previously said, "Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein". I have been harassed. She told the Times that she became aware of the fact that her settlement did not include a confidentiality clause.

During her remarks, McGowan called for more diversity in the entertainment industry and also described the danger of having so many men-especially men like Weinstein-making the decisions that impact women's careers, livelihoods, and identities.

Dozens of women have come forward over the past two weeks to accuse Weinstein of sexual harassment and, in some cases, sexual assault.

"We are free. We are strong".

"And then what happened, happened", she said. I have been maligned, and you know what?