Actress Rose McGowan has claimed Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein allegedly “tried to contact” her in the wake of sexual harassment and rape allegations made against him.
Rose McGowan has been one of the most prominent voices in the #MeToo movement, and one of the first in the industry to come forward and share her story, accusing Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of rape.
Now, the former Charmed actress has claimed that since the allegations broke – and several women have also come forward accusing Weinstein of rape and sexual harassment – the media mogul has allegedly tried to contact her.
Speaking on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme, McGowan claimed that he’d been in contact with her via “texts” as recently as a “month ago”.
Adding: “I’ve got no idea how he got my number, but he also had former [Israeli intelligence agency] Mossad agents involved in my life so getting my personal phone number wasn’t that hard.”
When asked how recently there had been contact, McGowan replied: “A month ago - somebody that worked with him, represented him, I don’t know, on his behalf - I shook, it was like a bullet once again.
“It was basically just kind of this person is reaching out. And I don’t even understand what the point was. I can’t understand to what end. The cat’s out of the bag.”
McGowan also said the alleged assault by Weinstein had been “worse than what I wrote about”.
In January this year, McGowan revealed more details about the alleged rape in her memoir, Brave. Describing the hotel meeting where, after she tried to leave, she was manoeuvred into a Jacuzzi room, where Weinstein (who she refers to as “The Monster” throughout the book), took her clothes off. He then proceeded to forcibly perform a sex act on her, and she froze. Later, McGowan discovered that people knew, and they let her walk into danger.
A spokesman for Weinstein said: “Neither Mr. Weinstein nor anyone else acting on his behalf has sent any messages to Ms. McGowan.”
Weinstein denies all allegations of non-consensual sex.
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