Rose McGowan is among a number of women in Hollywood posting on social media in the aftermath of the New York Times report that reveals “decades of sexual harassment allegations” against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.
“Women fight on. And to the men out there, stand up. We need you as allies. #bebrave,” McGowan wrote on Twitter.
The New York Times story includes allegations from multiple women (including actress Ashley Judd) accusing Weinstein of inappropriate behavior and sexual harassment. The Times also reported Weinstein has “reached at least eight settlements with women, according to two company officials speaking on the condition of anonymity,” including one allegedly with McGowan back in 1997. McGowan declined to comment to the Times, but according to a legal document obtained by the publication, “the $100,000 settlement was ‘not to be construed as an admission ‘by Mr. Weinstein, but intended to ‘avoid litigation and buy peace.'”
McGowan’s initial tweet didn’t specifically refer to the New York Times article and she did not comment on the report that she settled a claim against Weinstein.
A representative for McGowan declined to comment to EW.
Through his lawyer Lisa Bloom, Weinstein denied “many of the accusations” in the Times article “as patently false.” In a statement, Weinstein’s lawyer Charles Harder added the producer is preparing a lawsuit against the Times. “The New York Times published today a story that is saturated with false and defamatory statements about Harvey Weinstein. It relies on mostly hearsay accounts and a faulty report, apparently stolen from an employee personnel file, which has been debunked by 9 different eyewitnesses. We sent the Times the facts and evidence, but they ignored it and rushed to publish. We are preparing the lawsuit now. All proceeds will be donated to women’s organizations.”
In addition to McGowan, numerous prominent women in Hollywood tweeted about the Weinstein allegations.
“Heed the mantra and never forget: Women. Have. Nothing. To. Gain. And. Everything. To Lose. By. Coming. forward,” tweeted Amber Tamblyn, who recently wrote an op-ed in the New York Times about sexual harassment in Hollywood.
“The woman who chose to speak about their experience of harassment by Harvey Weinstein deserve our awe. It’s not fun or easy. It’s brave,” added Lena Dunham.
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In a lengthy statement provided to the Times, Weinstein himself apologized for “the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past.”
“I came of age in the [’60s] and [’70s], when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different. That was the culture then,” Weinstein said in his statement to the Times. “I have since learned it’s not an excuse, in the office — or out of it. To anyone. I realized some time ago that I needed to be a better person and my interactions with the people I work with have changed. I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it.”