ABC News Australia — Oct 13, 2017
One of the central figures in the misconduct allegations that have engulfed one of Hollywood’s most powerful men over the past week, the Charmed and Scream actress, who had previously alleged Weinstein sexually assaulted her in 1997, went further when she tweeted this morning: “HW raped me”.
The initials were an apparent reference to Weinstein, who has been accused by several actresses and models of sexual harassment, and The Hollywood Reporter said the actress confirmed to them that she was referring to the mogul.
She later shared an NBC story, which included quotes from Weinstein, saying: “This is a prime example of how you are being complicit in RAPE CULTURE. DO NOT GIVE RAPISTS A PLATFORM. Damn you.”
The New York Times has reported that Weinstein paid a financial settlement of $100,000 to McGowan in 1997 over an incident in a hotel room at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.
The Summit County Sheriff’s Office, which shares a records system with Utah’s Park City Police, had no reports or calls involving Weinstein or McGowan in the past 30 years, sheriff’s spokesman Andrew Wright said.
Weinstein’s representative Sallie Hofmeister did not immediately return a message seeking comment, but has said: “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr Weinstein.”
McGowan last year said she had been raped by a “studio head”.
After days of widening scandal, McGowan appeared emboldened to go further in her descriptions of her past experiences with Weinstein.
Shortly before a series of tweets addressed to Amazon chief Jeff Bezos, McGowan tweeted a woman warrior picture with #Rosearmy and stated: “It’s on”.
“I told the head of your studio that HW raped me,” said McGowan in tweets directed to Bezos.
In subsequent tweets, McGowan appeared to suggest that Amazon Studios, which is overseen by Roy Price, previously dropped a project penned by McGowan after she insisted Weinstein not be involved.
Courtesy Peter Myers