'Grindhouse' Director Robert Rodriguez: I Cast Rose McGowan to Spite Weinstein

31 October, 2017, 00:46 | Author: Greg Santos
  • Hear her roar Rose Mc Gowan spoke at the Women's Convention in Detroit on Friday morning, her first public appearance since the Harvey Weinstein story broke

In September, days before a series of bombshell reports alleged sexual harassment and assault against Harvey Weinstein, actress Rose McGowan said someone close to the film mogul offered her $1 million in hush money, The New York Times reports.

McGowan is one of several women to accuse Weinstein of rape.

To cheers from the crowd, McGowan said: "I've been silenced for 20 years, I've been slut-shamed, I've 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 can not stand and it will not stand".

The "Charmed" star - says she was offered the hefty amount by someone close to the filmmaker and whilst she initially upped it to $6 million as a counter offer, she made a decision to retract that offer after all.

McGowan's call to end the silence came after The New York Times reported that Weinstein paid her a 100,000 dollar (£76,000) settlement in 1997 to "avoid litigation and buy peace" over an incident in a hotel room during the Sundance Film Festival. He died eight years ago.

In early October, the Times published a damning exposé in early October that described multiple women's sexual harassment allegations against Weinstein. She received the offer before the first story ran regarding Weinstein's past involving sexual harassment. "I recall clearly what I said next, 'My God, why didn't you say anything?" It comes after Rose admitted she has found it hard to watch news coverage of the Harvey Weinstein scandal as she finds it very "triggering".

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One day after The Times published the story, McGowan and her lawyer chose to pull out of the agreement.

McGowan continued, calling Hollywood a "mirror" and a "messaging system for your mind, and denying that it's some sort of "isolated thing".

"And then what happened, happened", she said of the alleged sexual assault. "I was like - ew, gross, you're disgusting, I don't want your money, that would make me feel disgusting", she said. I have been slut-shamed.

With each passing day, more women are coming forward with horrifying accusations against the movie mogul, 65, who was sacked from his own company earlier this month after facing numerous allegations of sexual assault and harassment. I have been harassed.

"What happened to me behind the scenes happens to all of us in society and it can not stand and it will not stand..."

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