“I don’t think Harvey Weinstein will ever be prosecuted for any rapes,” the actress and activist told Good Morning Britain on Wednesday.
“You have to understand the judicial system is completely stacked against victims in any way, shape or form, in that most people cannot, in fact, seek justice that way,” added McGowan, 44, before going onto suggest that police officers, justices and judges should be specifically trained “in sexual assault, sexual harassment and abuse, so they can understand it more.”
Weinstein, 66, currently faces over 60 sexual assault and misconduct allegations against him. This includes McGowan, who graphically described her alleged sexual assault by the movie mogul in her book BRAVE.
Weinstein is under investigation for rape by the Los Angeles Police Department. Meanwhile, police in the United Kingdom have widened their investigation into Weinstein to include allegations of sexual assault by seven women.
The Charmed star said that despite writing a book about her alleged experience, what made her feel “the true weight lift” was when the Weinstein Company declared bankruptcy.
“It’s like this multi-headed hyrda, this monster, and it kept trying to come back,” she added. “People kept trying to buy the company back for him, and I was like, ‘no, you must stay down, it must show other people around the world that this can be done.’ ”
In recent days, Weinstein’s financial woes have forced him to sell a cottage in West Hollywood in an off-market deal for $1.8 million, according to Variety. Estranged wife Georgina Chapman, 41, was also spotted outside the family home she used to share with Weinstein and their two kids on April 10. Page Six reported that the West Village townhouse had also been sold for $25.6 million to an anonymous buyer. The producer bought the home in 2006 for $14.5 million, according to the outlet.
A spokesperson for Weinstein previously told PEOPLE in a statement that “any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein. Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances.”
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McGowan said she considers Weinstein as just one part of “the mafia” running Hollywood and the wider entertainment world.
“Hollywood has built itself on that ‘casting couch’, and on keeping people silent,” she told Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan. “It operates like a mafia, but nobody ever asked me to join the mafia and that was their big mistake.”