Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez says after he heard about Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual assault of actress Rose McGowan, he cast McGowan in his production “Grindhouse” to get back at Weinstein, Variety reports.
The publication is running a detailed account by Rodriguez describing what he knows about Weinstein’s alleged rape of McGowan in 1997. You can read the full account by clicking on the link above to Variety.
Rodriguez, who was in a relationship with McGowan from 2006-2009, says he decided to cast McGowan as a “bad ass” character in the 2007 film as a way of getting back at Weinstein. Rodriguez also accuses Weinstein of trying to bury the release of the film.
“Rodriguez worked with Miramax, and later the Weinstein Co. for years, primarily releasing films through Dimension, a genre label run by Harvey’s brother Bob,” Variety notes. “Films he made for the companies include ‘From Dusk Til Dawn,’ ‘Spy Kids’ and ‘The Faculty.’ The relationship continued even after ‘Grindhouse’ was released to tepid box office results, with Dimension distributing Rodriguez-directed sequels to ‘Spy Kids,’ ‘Machete,’ and ‘Sin City.’”
McGowan says Weinstein raped her in 1997, while she was appearing in the Miramax release “Scream.” Rodriguez writes that after agreeing to a non-disclosure agreement related to the attack, McGowan was blacklisted from Weinstein movies.
“Incensed at what I heard, I told Rose that she was not blacklisted from MY movies and that Harvey couldn’t tell me who to cast,” Rodriguez writes, adding: “I then revealed to Rose right then and there that I was about to start writing a movie with Quentin Tarantino, a double feature throwback to 70’s exploitation movies, and that if she was interested, I would write her a BAD ASS character and make her one of the leads. I wanted her to have a starring role in a big movie to take her OFF the blacklist, and the best part is that we would have Harvey’s new Weinstein Company pay for the whole damn thing.”
We encourage readers to click on the link above to Variety to read the full account by Rodriguez.