Rose McGowen Tweets About Being Raped By Hollywood Executive: 'They Shamed Me While Adulating My Rapist'

In a series of tweets sent out to her over 600,000 followers Thursday, actress Rose McGowen opened up about being raped by a Hollywood executive.

Using the hashtag #WhyWomenDontReport, McGowen's initial tweet on the subject read, "a (female) criminal attorney said because I'd done a sex scene in a film I would never win against the studio head."

A subsequent tweet read, "because it's been an open secret in Hollywood/Media & they shamed me while adulating my rapist."In the two final tweets on the subject, McGowen wrote "Because my ex sold our movie to my rapist for distribution" and "It is time for some goddamned honesty in this world."McGowan does not name her assaulter or her "ex" in the tweets. She has had public relationships with musician Marilyn Manson, director Robert Rodriguez, and artist Davey Detail.

"[McGowen's] statements come in the wake of the bevy of sexual assault allegations against Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump," Mike Miller writes in a People Magazine article. "Several women have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against Trump in the past several days — all of which Trump vehemently denies — and the reports have reignited public discussion of what has been deemed 'rape culture.'"

Miller also noted that Roger Ailes' resignation from Fox News this past summer amid sexual harassment claims made by former Fox & Friends co-host Gretchen Carlson and former Outnumbered co-host Andrea Tantaros also generated discussion of sexual harassment and assault within the media industry.

Indeed, Hollywood has a history of sex scandals, and several have made headlines in recent months, including some that bear resemblance to McGowen's claims.

The Inquisitr recently reported on renewed speculation over which Hollywood executive allegedly sexually assaulted Corey Haim during his early years in the industry, when he was still a minor.

Radar Online claimed to know the identity of the alleged pedophile. While the celebrity news site chose not to name the perpetrator "at this time," the site did state that he is "one of the most recognizable faces in the industry."

Corey Feldman, a longtime friend of Corey Haim who often co-starred with him in films, has said he would "love to name names" regarding Haim's abusers and possibly those who abused others, according to an interview with the Hollywood Reporter. Feldman has previously stated that he, too, was repeatedly abused as a child actor.

The problem with "naming names" is that performers often feel threatened by the power and influence of Hollywood executives.

The recent documentary An Open Secret (2014) renewed speculation and debate about sexual abuse in Hollywood, especially abuse targeting children and young women. The movie suggests that abuse of child actors is "not uncommon" in the film industry and that it is actively ignored and even covered up by major studios and a code of silence among Hollywood elites.

Rose McGowen and other women in the industry undoubtedly face similar obstacles in naming their rapists and abusers, as implied by McGowen's reference to sexual assault being an "open secret in Hollywood/Media."

McGowen earned her first credited movie role in 1992's Encino Man, starring Sean Astin, Brendan Fraser, and Pauly Shore. Three year's later she starred in Gregg Araki's indie cult classic The Doom Generation. She is perhaps best known for her roles in the horror hit Scream (1996), Jawbreaker (1999), Grindhouse (2007), and her reoccurring roles in the TV series Charmed, Nip/Tuck, and Chosen.

She has also appeared in several music videos and performed voice work for popular video games like Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Terminator Salvation.

In recent years, McGowen has focused some of her attention on LGBT and feminists causes, and she has been outspoken against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

In August McGowen wrote an open letter to Trump, Rupert Murdoch and his family, and media in general for "poisoning society with hateful rhetoric," as the L.A. Times put it.

"We, the public, are being sickened by an ever-expanding assault on our right to live a healthy and free life. Donald & you ratings driven colluders, are holding us the public hostage and exposing us to disease," McGowen wrote.

It remains unclear if McGowen intends to name the Hollywood executive she accuses of rape in the future.

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