A popular actress has come out with some of the most direct public accusations yet against disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein.
Rose McGowan, known for her run on the WB series “Charmed,” indicated in a series of tweets that Weinstein raped her and that she told an executive at Amazon about the incident at the time. The AP reports that McGowan “appeared to suggest that Amazon Studios, which is overseen by Roy Price, previously dropped a project penned by McGowan after she insisted Weinstein not be involved.”
“McGowan last year said that she had been raped by a ‘studio head,'” the AP adds. “The New Yorker expose that ran Tuesday reported that Weinstein had allegedly sexually assaulted three women, though the third woman was unnamed. The New York Times earlier reported that Weinstein paid a financial settlement of $100,000 to McGowan in 1997 over an incident in a hotel room at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.”
McGowan’s allegations on Twitter — you can see some of her tweets below — led to her account temporarily being locked, sparking an uproar on the social media site. Twitter later explained that the account had been shut down because of a tweet that included a private phone number. After the tweet was removed, McGowan’s account was activated and McGowan began tweeting again, directing most of her messages to Amazon chief Jeff Bezos.
“The Times reported Weinstein’s settlement with McGowan included provisions about speaking about the case in the future,” the AP reports. “But McGowan appeared emboldened Thursday to describe more outright her past experience with Weinstein.”
A rep for Weinstein responded to McGowan’s accusations by repeating Weinstein’s general position, stating: “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein.”
Here are some of McGowan’s tweets posted today, which run chronologically from the bottom up …