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Rose McGowan steps up rape allegation against Weinstein

Rose McGowan steps up rape allegation against Weinstein
From CBC - October 13, 2017

In a flurry of unrestrained tweets and with the "RoseArmy" at her back, Rose McGowan has emerged as a kind of whistleblowing avenger in the Harvey Weinstein saga, leaving a scorched path behind her across social media.

After long referencing a past incident with Weinstein, McGowan on Thursday for the first time said it outright: "HW raped me," the American actress wrote, apparently referring to the embattled former Weinstein Co. co-chair.

1) @jeffbezos I told the head of your studio that HW raped me. Over & over I said it. He said it hadnt been proven. I said I was the proof.

@rosemcgowan

Weinstein representative Sallie Hofmeister said "any allegations of non-consensual contact are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein."

The Hollywood Reporter said McGowan confirmed it was Weinstein she was referring to; her representative did not respond to a message seeking comment.

McGowan's accusation was the latest development in the fast-unraveling saga surrounding Weinstein.

Police detectives in New York and London said Thursday that they are taking a fresh look into sexual assault allegations against Weinstein now that some 30 women have accused him of inappropriate conduct. Hachette Book Group, one of the country's top publishers, announced it has pulled the plug on its Weinstein Books imprint.

But it has been McGowan who has spoken the loudest , even though she spent half of Thursdaysuspended by Twitter.

McGowan last year said that she had been raped by a "studio head." The New Yorker expos 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 US to McGowan in 1997 after an episode at a hotel room during the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

That settlement included provisions about speaking about the case in the future, but McGowan has increasingly refused to mince words. "It's on," tweeted McGowan before launching into a series of tweets directed at Amazon head Jeff Bezos.

Amazon is developing two series with The Weinstein Co. The Romanoffs, fromMad Men creator Matthew Weiner, and an untitled drama from filmmaker David O. Russell and starring Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore. The studio also partnered with The WeinsteinCo. on therecent Oscar-winning filmManchester By the Sea.

"I told the head of your studio that HW raped me," said McGowan in tweets directed to Bezos. "Over and Over I said it. He said it had not been proven. I said I was the proof."

2) @jeffbezos I had already sold a script I wrote to your studio, it was in development. When I heard a Weinstein bailout was in the works

@rosemcgowan

3) @Jeffbezos I forcefully begged studio head to do the right thing. I was ignored. Deal was done. Amazon won a dirty Oscar.

@rosemcgowan

4) @jeffbezos I called my attorney & said I want to get my script back, but before I could, #2 @amazonstudios called to say my show was dead

@rosemcgowan

4) @jeffbezos I am calling on you to stop funding rapists, alleged pedos and sexual harassers. I love @amazon but there is rot in Hollywood

@rosemcgowan

5) @jeffbezos Be the change you want to see in the world. Stand with truth. #ROSEARMY #Amazon

@rosemcgowan

Amazon did not return a message seeking comment.

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