Rose McGowan revealed that she has been offered a hefty $1 million to stop calling Harvey Weinstein a rapist, but the actress and voice of sexual harassment victims is not having it. In fact, she had the perfect response for the disgraced mogul.
The 44-year-old Charmed star has made it her personal goal to take down all who victimized the weak by using their power and position, starting a ripple effect by calling out the man she dubbed as her rapist: Harvey Weinstein. As a matter of fact, she is leading a pack of women in pushing back at the Miramax co-founder.
Now, she is calling him out once again for offering her $1 million as “hush money” to finally keep her quiet. Unfortunately, Weinstein seemed to have underestimated the situation, as Rose McGowan just used his offer as ammunition against him.
Based on a new expose from the New York Times, McGowan revealed that Weinstein offered her $1 million in cold cash if she would sign a nondisclosure agreement. Apparently, she reached a settlement with the shamed mogul in 1997 for $100,000. However, that agreement did not include a confidentiality clause.
This time, Harvey Weinstein is aiming to correct that mistake by offering her ten times more for her silence. But Rose McGowan isn’t having it as she detailed how people around her reacted to the offer.
“I had all these people I’m paying telling me to take it so that I could fund my art,” she revealed, alluding to her depleted funds because she quit acting while providing for her father’s health care.
After receiving the offer, she responded to Weinstein by asking for $6 million, if only to torture the disgraced film mogul.
“I figured I could probably have gotten him up to three,” she explained.
But, even for a bluff, she felt disgusted at the thought of receiving Weinstein’s money. Because of this, she asked her lawyer to retract the offer.
“But I was like — ew, gross, you’re disgusting, I don’t want your money, that would make me feel disgusting.”
This revelation came days after she publicly spoke about sexual harassment for the first time, telling those who attended the inaugural Women’s Convention in Detroit on Friday that she is “just like you.”
“I have been silenced for 20 years. I have been s**t-shamed. I have been harassed. I have been maligned. And you know what? I’m just like you.”
Aside from Harvey Weinstein, Rose McGowan has also called out several others in Hollywood, who supported, tolerated, and even made sexual harassment possible in the industry. In fact, the New York Times piece revealed that even her management team did not support her cause, as they referred her to a lawyer who made it sound like a criminal case was hopeless.
“She was like, ‘You’re an actress, you’ve done a sex scene, you’re done,’” the Charmed alum recalled.
Now, she is leading the Rose Army on Twitter, as she continues to fight for awareness and action against sexual assault and harassment.
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