In the wake of the New York Times‘ blistering piece on producer Harvey Weinstein, detailing decades of alleged sexual abuse and misconduct, actress Rose McGowan has expressed her anger and frustration at the Hollywood establishment for its silence.
The New York Times’ report claimed that McGowan reached a settlement with Weinstein in the late 1990s after an “incident” in a hotel, and while the actress has not mentioned the producer by name in any of her own Tweets, the subtext is fairly clear.
“Anyone who does business with [blank] is complicit,” she wrote on Friday, suggesting, as others have, that the producer’s conduct may have been an open secret in Hollywood. “And deep down you know you are even dirtier. Cleanse yourselves.”
McGowan continues to Tweet angrily today, saying that it should not be incumbent on victims to speak up, and that anyone with knowledge of abuse of power should do so.
She singled out Weinstein favourites Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lawrence, who have thus far not commented on the current situation, and suggested that voices like theirs could make a difference.
“Ladies of Hollywood, your silence is deafening,” she continued. “To all who will read this: join, come on in, water’s fine. It’s beautiful here, the views are soul stirring. Be brave. I know you can.”
More broadly, the actress accused “agents, managers, directors, casting agents, producers, distributors,” and studio heads, as well as agencies like the Screen Actors Guild, and the Producers and Directors Guilds of complicity, knowing about the alleged abuse and doing nothing.
Rose McGowan also Tweeted out a sombre artwork, saying cryptically that “it felt like this” for eighteen years, and then another, more optimistic one, saying “what it feels like now” along with the number of a sexual abuse hotline.
Prior to these, she also retweeted a New York Times reporter’s call for anonymous tipoffs on Weinstein.
When the story broke earlier in the week, Weinstein issued an apology for the “pain” that his behaviour has caused his colleagues, but said that he plans to sue the New York Times over inaccuracies in its reporting and “false and defamatory statements.”
Celebrity lawyer Lisa Bloom had been representing Weinstein, but she announced earlier today that she has stepped down.