Rose McGowan Set to Accuse Harvey Weinstein of Rape?

UPDATE: On October 12 (Thursday), Rose McGowan publicly declared that HW raped her.


Below is the original post from October 4 (Wednesday).

The latest question going around the rumor mill…

Is Rose McGowan on the verge of finally coming out and saying that it was Harvey Weinstein who raped her?

To the interest of her approximately 667,000 followers on Twitter, the actress was busy posting mysterious tweets Wednesday afternoon, with one tweet clearly an allusion to a very recent Harvey Weinstein quote.

It may be recalled that in October 2016, the actress accused but did not name a top Hollywood executive of rape in a series of tweets. She said she was shamed by others in the industry in the wake of the alleged attack.

“A (female) criminal attorney said because I’d done a sex scene in a film I would never win against the studio head,” she said, responding to the hashtag #WhyWomenDontReport.

That tweet flashed across the social mediasphere on the backs of over 500 retweets and may have piqued the antennae of The New York Times and the New Yorker magazine, who as word has it in Hollywood have since been seeking to speak to various associates and colleagues of Harvey Weinstein.

Speculation was that it was Harvey Weinstein she was referring to, but she did not actually say his name. The closest she came was with this:

“My ex sold our movie to my rapist for distribution.”

Not Marilyn Manson, Kip Pardue or Ahmet Zappa… It was her former boyfriend Robert Rodriguez who directed her in Grindhouse, a movie that was distributed in 2007 by Dimension Films, an independent label owned by the Weinstein Company.

Here are a few more of the “hints” McGowan gave out today.

Film producer Harvey Weinstein, age 65, is best known as a co-founder of Miramax, which produced several popular independent films including Pulp Fiction, Sex, Lies and Videotape, The Crying Game and Clerks.

He was born March 19, 1952, in Flushing, New York. Married twice — to Eve Chilton from 1987 to 2004 and to Georgina Chapman in 2007 until today — he has five children — Lily Weinstein, India Pearl Weinstein, Dashiell Weinstein, Emma Weinstein, and Ruth Weinstein. He is the brother of Bob Weinstein.

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Harvey Weinstein and Rose Macgowan in 2007

Photo source: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Entertainment

Producer Harvey Weinstein and actress Rose McGowan arrive to the premiere of ‘Grindhouse’ at the Orpheum Theatre on March 26 in Los Angeles, California.

McGowan has a tell-all book scheduled to be released in February 2018. Title: BRAVE

“My life, as you will read, has taken me from one cult to another. BRAVE is the story of how I fought my way out of these cults and reclaimed my life. I want to help you do the same.” -Rose McGowan

The official blurb for Rose McGowan’s book:

Born and raised in the Italian chapter of the Children of God, she escaped through a cornfield at night, moved to the states, and ran away at thirteen. She lived a transient punk lifestyle on and off the streets until she was “discovered” on a curb in Los Angeles and became one of Hollywood’s most desired actresses overnight.

In a strange world where she was constantly on display, fame soon became a personal nightmare of constant exposure and sexualization. Rose escaped in the world of her mind, something she had done as a child, and into high profile relationships. Every detail of her personal life became public, and the realities of an inherently sexist industry emerged with every script, role, public appearance, and magazine cover. The Hollywood machine packaged her as a sexualized bombshell, hi-jacking her image and identity and marketing them for their profit.

They expected Rose to be silent and cooperative and to stay the path. Instead, she rebelled and asserted her true identity and voice. She re-emerged unscripted, courageous, victorious, angry, smart, fierce, unapologetic, controversial, and real as f*ck.

BRAVE is her raw, honest, and poignant memoir/manifesto—a no-holds-barred, pull-no-punches account of the rise of a star, fearless activist, and unstoppable force for change who is determined to expose the truth about the entertainment industry, dismantle the concept of fame, shine a light on a multi-billion-dollar business built on systemic misogyny, and empower people everywhere to wake up and be BRAVE.

Rose McGowan ascended to fame in the late 90s following bombshell roles in edgy horror films like The Doom Generation and Scream and in grindhouse releases like Planet Terror. While she’s perhaps best known for her relationship with Marilyn Manson — which resulted in nearly naked red carpet appearances and other media drama — the actress’s career has spanned over 20 years and earned her parts in dynamic projects. But after an accident made her realize she was tired and disturbed by her status as a sex symbol, McGowan took a hiatus from Hollywood. She came back as a director.

Harvey Weinstein has been accused by an Italian model of groping her. He is also known for what has been perceived as sympathy towards other men accused of rape such as Roman Polanski and Nate Parker. In the former’s case, he used the term “so-called crime” in reference to Polanski’s sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old; in the latter’s, he called the actor a good person.

Harvey Weinstein quote
“Hollywood has the best moral compass, because it has compassion.” — Harvey Weinstein

UPDATE: The New York Times published its exposé the day after this entry was posted. Their article revealed that Rose McGowan received a $100,00 settlement in 1997 with a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) that prohibits her from speaking about the terms. There have been at least eight settlements that Harvey Weinstein has entered into with different women.