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Rose McGowan accuses Harvey Weinstein of rape – and says Amazon looked the other way

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The actress Rose McGowan has accused Harvey Weinstein of raping her. She also alleged that a top Amazon executive ignored her when she told him about the assault - and dropped her script for a TV series after she spoke out.

McGowan has emerged as one of Weinstein’s most vocal critics after investigations into the Hollywood producer’s sexual misconduct were published last week. She was named in a New York Times article as one of the many women who have brought allegations of sexual harassment and/or assault against Weinstein, although her specific complaint was not detailed.

However, on Thursday afternoon, McGowan publicly accused Weinstein of rape for the first time.

In a series of tweets aimed at Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos, she said she had repeatedly told Amazon Studios chief Roy Price about Weinstein’s actions.



Price responded by saying that she had no proof, McGowan said. She added that after she learned Amazon Studios was working with Weinstein, she tried to “get back” a script she’d sold to the online streaming service. She was later informed that Amazon had dropped her show.

“I am calling on you to stop funding rapist, alleged paedos and sexual harassers,” McGowan told Bezos, who is one of the richest men in the world. “I love Amazon but there is rot in Hollywood. Be the change you want to see in the world.”

In addition to McGowan’s claim that Price looked the other way when she told him about being raped by Weinstein, the Amazon programming chief has been accused of sexual misconduct himself. TV producer Isa Hackett told The Hollywood Reporter that Price sexually harassed her at an industry event in 2015. Price has now been placed on a leave of absence at Amazon.



The Guardian reports that McGowan mentioned having sold a TV script to Amazon in September 2016. “I just sold my show to Amazon, that I wrote and [will direct],” she told an audience at a film festival in Brooklyn.

A month later, she posted a string of tweets detailing her rape by an unnamed Hollywood executive, using the hashtag #WhyWomenDontReport. McGowan’s TV show never materialised.

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Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon.

In 1997, McGowan – then a 23-year-old rising actress – reached a $100,000 settlement with Weinstein after an incident in a hotel room at the Sundance Film Festival. She had recently starred in the horror film Scream, which was distributed by Dimension Films (a company then headed by Weinstein’s brother Bob).

According to the investigation by the New York Times, multiple women who alleged sexual assault or harassment against Weinstein eventually settled out of court.



However, most of these women were required to sign confidentiality clauses, barring them from talking about the deals or about the events that led to them.

The terms of McGowan’s settlement with Weinstein prevented her from speaking out, per The Hollywood Reporter. It is unclear whether she has violated these terms by posting about the alleged rape on Twitter.

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Rose McGowan in 1998, shortly after reaching a settlement with Harvey Weinstein after an incident in a hotel room.

Weinstein was fired from his position at The Weinstein Company, which is currently working with Amazon on two upcoming series, over the weekend. However, his executive producer credit is now reportedly being removed from both series.

The vice-president of communications at Amazon Entertainment said that Amazon was considering ending its relationship with The Weinstein Company altogether in light of the sexual misconduct scandal currently engulfing Harvey Weinstein.

“We are reviewing our options for the projects we have with the Weinstein Co,” said Craig Berman in a statement on Tuesday.

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Harvey Weinstein with Gwyneth Paltrow and Ben Affleck in 1997. Paltrow has now accused Weinstein of sexually harassing her, while Affleck has faced his own sexual harassment allegations.

Quiara Alegría Hudes, a musical writer who was set to work with The Weinstein Company on the film adaptation of In the Heights, has also said that she no longer wants to work with the studio in the wake of the allegations against Harvey Weinstein.

Hudes co-authored the hit musical with Hamilton and Moana composer Lin-Manuel Miranda. In a statement on Twitter, she said she hoped The Weinstein Company would have “enough grace, in the wake of these revelations, to respect my stand as a woman, and to allow us to extricate In the Heights from them.

In the Heights deserves a fresh start in a studio where I’ll feel safe (as will my actors and collaborators).”

For more on the Harvey Weinstein case, click here.

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Moya Crockett

Moya is Women's Editor at stylist.co.uk, where she is currently overseeing the Visible Women campaign. Carrying a tiny bottle of hot sauce on her person at all times is one of the many traits she shares with both Beyoncé and Hillary Clinton.

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