Rose McGowan Claims Harvey Weinstein 'Raped Me' — and She Told Amazon Studios
On Thursday, Rose McGowan’s access to her Twitter account was restored and she celebrated by firing off a series of angry tweets at people she thinks covered for Harvey Weinstein
On Thursday, Rose McGowan’s access to her Twitter account was restored and she celebrated by firing off a series of angry tweets at people she thinks covered for Harvey Weinstein and accusing the movie mogul of rape.
Addressing all of her tweets to Jeff Bezos — the founder and CEO of Amazon — McGowan wrote, “I told the head of your studio that HW raped me. Over & over I said. He said it hadn’t been proven. I said I was proof.”
In response to the lengthy allegations made against Weinstein, a spokesperson for the movie mogul said, “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein.”
In a New York Times article published last week, it was revealed McGowan was part of a settlement with Weinstein in 1997 following an encounter in a hotel room with the executive producer during the Sundance Film Festival.
The $100,000 payout was “not to be construed as an admission” by Weinstein, but intended to “avoid litigation and buy peace,” according to a legal document reportedly reviewed by the NYT.
“I had already sold a script I wrote to your studio, it was in development,” McGowan’s tweets on Thursday continued. “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 & sad I wanted to get my script back, but before I could, #2 @amazonstudios called me to say my show was dead.”
“@jeffbezos I am calling on you to stop funding rapists, alleged pedos and sexual harassers. I love @amazon but there is rot in Hollywood,” the actress added. “@jeffbezos Be the change you want to see in the world. Stand with truth. #ROSEARMY #Amazon.”
At a 2016 Independent Filmmaker Project event in Brooklyn, the actress said she had sold a script to Amazon. Additional information about the show — like whether it was a comedy or a drama — was not specified.
Rose’s accusations surfaced as a top executive from Amazon Studios was accused of sexually harassing a producer.
Producer of Amazon hit Man In High Castle, Isa Hackett, told The Hollywood Reporter that programming chief Roy Price had harassed her during the 2015 Comic-Con.
Hackett claims Price propositioned her multiple times and allegedly said “You will love my dick.”
The producer – who is married to a woman with whom she has children – told THR that Price “did not relent in the cab or once they arrived at the Amazon party. As she talked with other executives, she says that Price stepped close to her and loudly said, ‘Anal sex!’ in her ear.”
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Following THR‘s story Amazon Studios announced Price was going on a leave of absence effective immediately.
Price, through a spokesperson, declined to comment to THR.
Meanwhile McGowan’s return to Twitter followed her access to her account being temporarily suspended amid her vocal statements against Weinstein and the sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations against the movie mogul.
“We have been in touch with Ms. McGowan’s team,” a Twitter spokesperson said in a statement to PEOPLE Thursday. “We want to explain that her account was temporarily locked because one of her Tweets included a private phone number, which violates of our Terms of Service. The Tweet was removed and her account has been unlocked. We will be clearer about these policies and decisions in the future.
“Twitter is proud to empower and support the voices on our platform, especially those that speak truth to power. We stand with the brave women and men who use Twitter to share their stories, and will work hard every day to improve our processes to protect those voices.”
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On Wednesday, the actress announced that her account was suspended on Instagram, sharing a screengrab of the notice. She added in the caption, “TWITTER HAS SUSPENDED ME. THERE ARE POWERFUL FORCES AT WORK. BE MY VOICE. #ROSEARMY.”
McGowan has been vocal about Weinstein, as well as actor Ben Affleck in her posts on the site, telling the Argo actor and director to “f— off” in a tweet. Her comment came after Affleck slammed Weinstein over his alleged activity. The actor was later accused of and apologized for groping actress Hilarie Burton on TRL in 2003.
On Thursday, a source told PEOPLE Weinstein checked into a luxury resort in Arizona after jetting out of Los Angeles on Wednesday.