The actress in the middle of the Harvey Weinstein scandal is none other than Rose McGowan — a fierce feminist who has been speaking out about the hypocrisy and double standards in Hollywood way before the disgraced film producer made headlines. And it doesn't look like she is going to quiet down any time — and we don't blame her.
Following news that Harvey has been sexually harassing women for decades, Rose has not only publicly accused the Oscar winner of assaulting her but has also called out other actors for covering up his behavior. "Ben Affleck f--k off," she tweeted before her account was temporarily suspended. “GODDAMNIT! I TOLD HIM TO STOP DOING THAT” you said that to my face. The press conf I was made to go to after assault. You lie." She reportedly received a $100,000 settlement from Harvey in 1997. Watch the video below to see the actress then and now.
Rose, who made her Hollywood debut in the early '90s, has been a self-proclaimed "feminist whistleblowing badass” for years and we're just glad people are finally taking her seriously. In 2015 she told Buzzfeed, "someone blacklisted me in the industry, and I couldn't get a job in movies." Keep reading to find out more about the Scream star.
Who is Rose McGowan?
According to her Instagram bio, Rose is an artist and notable public figure. However, she is also the head of a revolution when it comes to exposing the sexism in Hollywood — and leads the #ROSEARMY on social media. Before being discovered in LA, the 44-year-old was born in Italy and raised in the Children of God cult in the States, which she ran away from at the age of 13. She is best known for her role as Paige Matthews in Charmed.
Was Rose McGowan raped by Harvey Weinstein?
According to the NYT, Rose received $100,000 in a settlement from Harvey in 1997 after an incident in a hotel room at the Sundance Film Festival. While she declined to comment on the article, she did accuse the producer of rape on Twitter. "It’s been an open secret in Hollywood/Media & they shamed me while adulating my rapist.” Since there was a confidentiality clause in the settlement, Rose could face legal action for speaking out.
But Rose has since gone on the record and in a recent interview with the NYT, she revealed that just before the exposé was published, someone in Harvey's camp reached out to her and offered her $1 million to sign a non-disclosure agreement, aka hush money. She countered his offer with $6 million but then decided to pull it.
“I had all these people I’m paying telling me to take it so that I could fund my art,” Rose told the NYT. “I figured I could probably have gotten him up to three. But I was like — ew, gross, you’re disgusting, I don’t want your money, that would make me feel disgusting.”
What happened with Rose McGowan and Amazon?
The actress claimed in a series of tweets that the e-commerce giant dropped her screenplay after she insisted that Harvey's company not get involved and ignored her claims that she was raped by the movie mogul. "@jeffbezos I told the head of your studio that HW raped me," she wrote. "Over & over I said it. He said it hadn't been proven. I said I was the proof." Roy Price, the head of Amazon Studios, was put on a leave of absence following the allegations. "We are reviewing our options for the projects we have with The Weinstein Company," Amazon added in a statement.
Is Rose McGowan married?
Rose was married to visual artist Davey Detail from 2013 to 2016 when she filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences. Before Davey, she was engaged to rocker Marilyn Manson in 2001 and dated director Robert Rodriguez after meeting on the set of the 2006 film Grindhouse.
I am a Witch. And I will hunt wrongdoers. In Hollywood, in government, in business. Stop hurting us or there will be consequence. #ROSEARMY— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 16, 2017
Rose McGowan net worth:
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Rose is worth an estimated $18 million dollars. Along with her acting career, Rose is currently working on her memoir, Brave, which will detail everything from her childhood in the Children of God cult and her career. “The Hollywood machine packaged her as a sexualized bombshell, hijacking her image and identity and marketing them for their profit,” the publisher states.