The actress made an appearance on Good Morning America on Tuesday, where she expressed her disappointment over the lack of criminal charges against Weinstein.
“I wish there were charges. I find it very strange. How many women does it take?” she said. “This is a lifelong career of rape for this man.”
Weinstein is currently under investigation in New York, Los Angeles and London after the former producer was accused by over 60 women of various forms of sexual assault and misconduct.
He is under investigation for rape by the LA Police Department after an Italian model-actress gave a detailed account of an alleged sexual assault involving the producer in 2013. Meanwhile, police in the United Kingdom have widened their investigation into Weinstein to include allegations of sexual assault by seven women. In New York City, detectives interviewed Boardwalk Empire actress Paz de la Huerta — who claims Weinstein raped her twice in 2010 — and found her story to be “credible,” a spokesperson for the department previously confirmed to PEOPLE.
McGowan was one of the first women to speak out in October when news broke about Weinstein’s decades of alleged sexual misconduct and assault in The New York Times and The New Yorker.
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The actress opens up in new book Brave about the moment she says the former movie mogul assaulted her in 1997 at the Sundance Film Festival. McGowan, 44, had previously accused Weinstein of rape on Twitter but never went into detail about the alleged incident.
McGowan said after years of feeling silenced, she is relieved to finally speak her truth.
“It’s nice being able to speak for myself,” she said. “Every interview I did for so many years and every time I was in front of the camera, pre-Twitter, there was no way for me to speak for myself. Every interview started with ‘What was it like to work for this man?’ ”
Rolling her eyes, McGowan continued: “It was exactly what you’d think.”
In the book, McGowan only refers to Weinstein as “the Monster.”
“For me, he’s a sick person, he’s a sick mind, but what about all the others? And there were so many,” she said of Weinstein. “The machinery set up in every country he would go to for the handlers to hand him the victims.”
Weinstein’s lawyer Ben Brafman responded to McGowan’s allegations in a statement to PEOPLE.
“Mr. Weinstein denies Rose McGowan’s allegations of non-consensual sexual contact and it is erroneous and irresponsible to conflate claims of inappropriate behavior and consensual sexual contact later regretted, with an untrue claim of rape.” His spokesperson also said that McGowan “chose to demand money” from Weinstein and worked and appeared with him later in her career.“
The Charmed actress wrote that she was sent up to his suite in Park City, Utah in 1997 where she thought they were going to have a meeting about her blossoming career.
Instead, McGowan said Weinstein pulled her into a room with a jacuzzi and took her clothes off, where she froze “like a statue.” She then writes that the producer proceeded to sit her on the side of the jacuzzi and perform oral sex on her while he masturbated. In an attempt to make him stop, she wrote that she faked an orgasm during the incident.
“He moans loudly; through my tears I see his semen floating on top of the bubbles,” she wrote.
Afterwards, McGowan said she told some people who “counseled me to see it as something that would help my career in the long run” and was allegedly told by a criminal attorney she wouldn’t be believed if she pressed charges.
McGowan also said she heard Weinstein was calling people after the alleged assault and telling them not to work with the actress.
“It seemed like every creep in Hollywood knew about my most vulnerable and violated moment,” she wrote. “And I was the one who was punished for it.”
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.”
In October, the NYT reported that McGowan was part of a settlement with Weinstein in 1997 following the alleged encounter. 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.
Brave is available for purchase Jan. 31.