Rose McGowan told The New York Times that “someone close” to Harvey Weinstein offered her $1 million to stay quiet about the sexual assault that she had been alluding to publicly for years.
The offer came just as the Times was set to publish its explosive report claiming that Weinstein had been paying off women who accused him of sexual harassment for decades. In the wake of that article’s publication, dozens more women have come forward to say that Weinstein had harassed or assaulted them.
McGowan said she presented a counter-offer of $6 million, never believing that Weinstein would take it. “I had all these people I’m paying telling me to take it so that I could fund my art,” Ms. McGowan explained. “I figured I could probably have gotten him up to three. But I was like — ew, gross, you’re disgusting, I don’t want your money, that would make me feel disgusting.”
She added that she withdrew her counter-offer within a day of the Times story being published.
Back in 1997, McGowan reached a $100,000 settlement with Weinstein over an alleged rape. She discovered this summer that the agreement did not include a confidentiality clause, and shared details of the incident with the Times. During the 1997 film festival, McGowan said, she was asked to meet Weinstein at a restaurant and then directed to his hotel room.
“And then what happened, happened,” McGowan said. “Suffice it to say a door opened and my life changed.”
The actress claimed that she did not receive support from her management team in the wake of the alleged incident, and that her career was stunted because she would not collaborate with Weinstein. But in recent years, McGowan has emerged as a lionizing feminist voice, gaining admiration—and a large social media following—for her refusal to be cowed by some of the most powerful forces in Hollywood.
“I have been silenced for 20 years,” McGowan said while speaking at the Women’s Convention in Detroit. “I have been slut-shamed. I have been harassed. I’ve been maligned. And you know what? I’m just like you. Because what happened to me behind the scenes, happens to all of us in this society. And that cannot stand.”
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