Rose McGowan knows Harvey Weinstein’s life would be easier if she weren’t in the picture.
The “Charmed” alum, one of more than 100 women to accuse Weinstein of sexual assault, has been outspoken since claiming the movie mogul raped her.
“I’m sure he would prefer it if I were dead. He’s a sociopath. I am not afraid — but I should be,” the 44-year-old actress told Sunday People.
“The people I find worse than him are his lawyers. The way they are acting has been disgusting.”
McGowan previously claimed that Weinstein raped her in his hotel room during the Sundance Film Festival in 1997.
Women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault
Weinstein, in a rare statement, called her accusations “a bold lie” and argued that both Jill Messick, her manager at the time, and Ben Affleck contradicted her allegations.
“Watching the ‘performance’ by Rose McGowan as she looks to promote her new book, however, has made it impossible to remain quiet as she tries to smear Mr. Weinstein with a bold lie that is denied not only by Mr. Weinstein himself, but by at least two witnesses, including Ms. McGowan’s own manager at the time, who Ms. McGowan claims to have confided in the day after the alleged assault and an A-list actor Ben Affleck, who Ms. McGowan claims to have also told about her encounter with Mr. Weinstein shortly after the incident she now describes as ‘rape,’ but which in 1997 she described to her Manager as a ‘consensual’ act of sex,” Ben Brafman said in a statement to the Daily News.
McGowan accused Weinstein of an “attempt to malign, smear and ‘slut shame’” her.
“It is an affront not only to Rose but to the hundreds of women who have come forward with their stories of harassment, sexual abuse and rape perpetrated by Mr. Weinstein and those like him. This is a sad, pathetic old-fashioned sexist attempt to undermine obvious truth and the gaslighting will no longer be tolerated. The ‘performance’ is him and his complicity machine, and they are bad actors,” she said in a statement.
Weinstein reportedly paid McGowan $ 100,000 in hush money after the alleged assault, which she claims began a “20 year long campaign to silence her.”
Last week, a Virginia judge refused to drop a felony cocaine possession charge against McGowan after she claimed she had been set up by Weinstein.
The actress turned herself in to authorities in November, ten months after she lost her wallet on a plane in January 2017. Police said the wallet contained two bags that tested positive for cocaine.
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