Rose McGowan says Weinstein 'raped me'; Harvey denies
Rose McGowan’s campaign against Harvey Weinstein reached new levels Thursday when the actress alleged via Twitter that Weinstein “raped me.”
In response to McGowan’s claims, Sallie Hofmeister, a representative for Weinstein, said in a statement: “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein.” (The statement echoes what Hofmeister said to The New Yorker when it published an exposé of Weinstein this week, which included claims from three actresses that Weinstein sexually assaulted them.)
The context of McGowan’s revelation was also significant, as the actress alleged Amazon Studios optioned a TV series from her and then killed it after she voiced concern to executives about Weinstein.
The Charmed and Scream actress directed a series of tweets at Amazon founder Jeff Bezos: “I told the head of your studio that HW raped me. Over & over I said it. He said it hadn’t been proven. I said I was the proof,” McGowan wrote. “I had already sold a script I wrote to your studio, it was in development. When I heard a Weinstein bailout was in the works … I forcefully begged studio head to do the right thing. I was ignored. Deal was done. Amazon won a dirty Oscar … I called my attorney & said I want to get my script back, but before I could, #2 @amazonstudios called to say my show was dead … I am calling on you to stop funding rapists, alleged pedos and sexual harassers. I love @amazonstudios but there is rot in Hollywood.”
See the tweets below.
Last week, in a report published by the New York Times, it was revealed Weinstein had allegedly paid McGowan a $100,000 settlement following an undisclosed incident in a hotel room during the Sundance Film Festival in 1997. McGowan is one of a number of women to allege sexual misconduct against Weinstein, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Kate Beckinsale, Mira Sorvino, and more.
Last year, McGowan tweeted about being sexually assaulted by “studio head,” but didn’t release a name.
A McGowan project with Amazon was never officially announced, but McGowan publicly discussed working with the company at an event in September 2016. Previously, in July of that year, Amazon Studios head Roy Price posted a photo with McGowan to his Twitter account.
Shortly after McGowan’s tweets posted, The Hollywood Reporterpublished an interview with Isa Hackett, daughter of author Philip K. Dick and executive producer of Amazon series Man in the High Castle, with allegations that Price propositioned her at San Diego Comic-Con in 2015.
Late Thursday, Amazon announced via a spokesperson that Price had taken a leave of absence “effective immediately.” The spokesperson added, Amazon is “reviewing [its] options” for the projects in development with The Weinstein Company, Matthew Weiner’s Mad Men follow-up The Romanoffs and David O. Russell’s untitled series with Robert De Niro.
The Amazon spokesperson did not make mention of McGowan’s claims.
McGowan’s Twitter feed was briefly suspended earlier Thursday, Twitter claimed, for violating its terms of service agreement because the actress posted a phone number. Now, as McGowan pointed out, “it’s on.”
This post has been updated with a statement from Amazon
— Additional reporting by Christopher Rosen