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McGowan to Weinstein: ‘There was no consent’

Feb 02,2018
NEW YORK - Rose McGowan says it’s time for Harvey Weinstein to drop his story about a “consensual” relationship.

“He can fall off the planet,” the activist said during an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday. “My statement is truth. My statement is reality. Stop saying it’s consensual, you pig! You know it’s not true.”

Weinstein issued a statement Tuesday that quoted an alleged email from McGowan’s former manager, saying that the actress had spoken of a consensual encounter with him.

Weinstein is accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct. These revelations later helped lead to allegations against Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose and dozens of other men.

McGowan, 44, is promoting a trilogy [a “holy trinity without the ‘holy,”’ she calls it] of new projects this week, including the album “Planet 9,” the E! docuseries “Citizen Rose” and the memoir “Brave.”

On knowing “Brave” would come out amid the #MeTOO movement, she said, “Of course I did. I’m the architect, how would I not know? My book was never meant to come out to deaf ears. I always had to smash the Hollywood propaganda machine first; this was not an accident. This was not a case of being the first one to speak. This was me being behind the scenes.”

Her book includes a graphic account of being assaulted by the movie producer, whom she calls “the monster,” in a hotel 20 years ago.

Along with her comment to the AP, McGowan issued a statement Wednesday saying that his remarks were part of an ongoing effort to “smear” 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,” the statement reads in part. “This is a sad, pathetic, old-fashioned, sexist attempt to undermine obvious truth and the gaslighting will no longer be tolerated.”

McGowan signed a deal for “Brave” in 2016, well before the current #MeToo movement but says she knew all along the world would change - in part because she would change it.

“Brave” describes her survival of what she calls a lifetime of attempted brainwashing, from the Christian-influenced cult her family belonged to as a child to her years in Hollywood.

“This is not a tell-all,” she writes. “This is a tell-it-how-it-is.”

McGowan is known for films such as “Scream” and “Going All the Way,” and for the TV series “Charmed.”

She is anxious to work in other art forms. A fan of authors such as Isabel Allende and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, whose “Love in the Time of Cholera” she re-reads each year, McGowan says she’s thinking about writing a “fiction-ish” story about an 11-year-old girl.

During her interview, she also spoke of her love for visual art and music and of the liberating feeling of working behind the camera instead of front of it. AP