Rose McGowan will no longer be accepting her Ad Astra Award in person.
The actress, 44, was scheduled to appear at the Tallgrass Film Festival in Wichita, Kansas, but cancelled less than 24 hours before she was to be honoured.
“We are sorry to announce that we’ve just been informed that Rose McGowan has canceled all upcoming public appearances due to compounding factors surrounding recent revelations in the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment case,” the festival said in a press release on Wednesday.
Tallgrass creative director Lela Meadow-Conner added, “While we’re disappointed that Rose cannot be here with us in person, we understand that her well being is the priority.
“We support her and our thoughts are with her,” Meadow-Conner continued. “We’ll seize this opportunity to amplify her message and celebrate all the women filmmakers with works here at the 15th annual festival.”
The film festival plans to use McGowan’s cancellation as a focal point of the event on Thursday evening. “The whole world is now aware, in large part due to Rose’s efforts, about the rampant sexual harassment within the entertainment industry,” the statement read. “And so, in her honour, we have pulled together a panel of women filmmakers who will be attending the festival with their films, for a frank conversation, because the message doesn’t stop here.”
McGowan was reportedly part of a settlement deal with Weinstein in 1997 and accused him of rape on Twitter earlier this month.