Rose McGowan tweeted on Thursday that she had had been raped by a Hollywood studio boss, Variety is reporting.
The 43-year-old actress was responding to the #WhyWomenDontReport hashtag created to generate awareness over why women preferred to keep quiet about sexual assaults rather than report them.
The trending topic came in the midst of allegations that presidential candidate Donald Trump had groped women and kissed them without permission on a number of occasions. The most recent being a woman, Kristin Anderson, detailing that Trump forced his hand up her skirt and touched her vagina in a New York nightclub in the early 90s.
The Charmed star said she did not report the rape to authorities because a female criminal attorney told her she could not win against a Hollywood studio head. The lawyer also said no one would believe her story because of a steamy sex scene in one of her movies.
McGowan, who did not identify her alleged rapist by name, only admitted that she and her ex-boyfriend at the time, Roberto Rodriguez, had sold a movie to him. Rose McGowan tweeted the rape was an open secret in Hollywood circles, adding that she was shamed while her rapist got high fives for scoring with an actress.
“It’s been an open secret in Hollywood/media and they shamed me while adulating my rapist…it is time for some godda**ed honesty in this world.”
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants star said she felt she needed to share her story of sexual abuse because of allegations of female maltreatment that had dogged the Republican Party nominee, Donald Trump.
“If you’re a woman in America there’s a 10 in 10 chance you’ve experienced it—whether you recognize it or not, whether you’re ready to admit it or not…it’s a culture that talks down to you.”
McGowan said it was time to stop denying that America was a country of inequalities between genders, telling women to wake up and smell the coffee.
“Misogyny thrives in our country on a cellular level, right in front of our faces. It exists like goose bumps exist, like premonitions are felt, like earthquakes are predicted.”
The Grindhouse star has never shied away from sexist issues, saying that she was fired by her agent when females were told to show their cleavage with pushup bras during a casting audition for an Adam Sandler movie.
The controversial actress posted on social media that she had been fired by her “wussy acting agent” for pointing a finger at “the bulls**t in Hollywood.” The actress said she was offended that nobody red flagged the criteria for auditioning, adding that it proved that it was institutionally correct.
In June, Rose McGowan was one of the critics who questioned a 20th Century Fox X-Men: Apocalypse billboard which showed Oscar Isaac’s Apocalypse grabbing Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique by the throat.
McGowan had condemned 20th Century Fox’s attempt to make violence towards women so casual in an attempt to market a movie. She said it was scary that many people did not consider the billboard offensive, but would easily take up arms if it was a black man being strangled by a white man or a gay male being suffocated by a heterosexual.
Fox in a statement apologized for the billboard.
“In our enthusiasm to show the villainy of the character Apocalypse we didn’t immediately recognize the upsetting connotation of this image in print form. Once we realized how insensitive it was, we quickly took steps to remove those materials. We apologize for our actions and would never condone violence against women.”
Rose McGowan, who says she has been battling sexism and gender inequality for over two decades, also slammed Caitlyn Jenner’s Woman of the Year acceptance speech in 2015, when the former man said the hardest part of being a woman was trying out what to wear.
McGowan had questioned the ignorance of the reality star and former Olympian in a Facebook post, telling her to ditch the stereotype and learn how to be a woman from real women.
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