With the release of Rose McGowan’s memoir “Brave” and her upcoming reality show, the former “Charmed” star’s alleged sexual assault by Harvey Weinstein promises to be front and centre in the headlines, and the embattled media mogul has wasted no time in fighting back to proclaim his innocence.
While McGowan has long contended that Weinstein raped her in his hotel suite at during the Sundance Film Festival in 1997, Weinstein’s attorneys are coming forward with emails from, among others, McGowan’s former manager and actor Ben Affleck, that supposedly prove his innocence.
In a lengthy statement, reports Deadline, Weinstein’s attorney Ben Brafman, denies McGowan’s claims.
“As a general matter, Harvey Weinstein and his attorneys have refrained from publicly criticizing any of the women who have made allegations of sexual assault against Mr. Weinstein despite a wealth of evidence that would demonstrate the patent falsity of these claims,” reads the statement. “Watching the ‘performance’ by Rose McGowan as she looks to promote her new book however, has made it impossible to remain quiet as she tries to smear Mr. Weinstein with a bold lie that is denied not only by Mr. Weinstein himself, but by at least two witnesses, including Ms. McGowan’s own Manager at the time who Ms. McGowan claims to have confided in the day after the alleged assault and an A-list actor Ben Affleck who Ms. McGowan claims to have also told about her encounter with Mr. Weinstein shortly after the incident she now describes as rape,’ but which in 1997 she described to her Manager as a ‘consensual’ act of sex.”
The statement continues: “In an email to Mr. Weinstein regarding the encounter, Jill Messick says the following, ‘When we met up the following day, she hesitantly told me of her own accord that during the meeting that night before she had gotten into a hot tub with Mr. Weinstein. She was very clear about the fact that getting into that hot tub was something that she did consensually and that in hindsight it was also something that she regretted having done.'”
The statement also includes an email from Affleck to Weinstein: “She never told me nor did I ever infer that she was attacked by anyone,” states Affleck’s email. “Any accounts to the contrary are false. I have no knowledge about anything Rose did or claimed to have done.”
Following the release of the statement, McGowan took to social media to offer a furious, NSFW tweet in response.
“F**k you, you f**king douche bag loser from hell. You will burn. You will be an empty suit coffin. You go fall off the planet you f**k. #RoseArmy BREATHE FIRE…”
On Wednesday, Deadline published a full statement attributed to McGowan written in the third person.
“Yesterday’s statement from Mr. Weinstein and his attorney Ben Brafman unequivocally proves a continued attempt to malign, smear and ‘slut shame’ Rose McGowan,” the statement begins. “It is an affront not only to Rose but to the hundreds of women who have come forward with their stories of harassment, sexual abuse and rape perpetrated by Mr. Weinstein and those like him. This is a sad, pathetic old-fashioned sexist attempt to undermine obvious truth and the gaslighting will no longer be tolerated. The ‘performance’ is him and his complicity machine, and they are bad actors.”
Continuing, “Mr. Weinstein has used his power to violate Rose in all too many ways, even resorting to proven espionage tactics in attempt to cover up his crimes. The statement released yesterday by the retrograde lawyer also clearly proves Mr. Weinstein was on a fishing expedition to target and coerce potential witnesses three months prior to when the first allegations of rape surfaced in the media. Furthermore, the email “evidence” presented from Ben Affleck and Rose’s former manager, Jill Messick, dated from July of last year has already been disproven — by Affleck himself on the Today Show in a statement of support for Rose (‘I believe Rose, I support her’) in November of 2017 and by Ms. Messicks’ then-assistant Anne Woodward as reported in the New York Times last October. These crimes have also been investigated thoroughly by the paper of record, the New York Times, as well as the New Yorker’s incredibly detailed coverage by Ronan Farrow.”
“Mr. Weinstein’s attempts to discredit Rose is part of his 20-year long campaign to silence her, clearly proving he IS the monster so many women have described him to be,” the statement stated.
Concluding, “Like so many other #MeToo’s, Rose will continue to push back at ingrained thought and a corrupt power structure. She will not be commenting further. The truth can be found in her work: BRAVE the book, it can be found in the rawness of Citizen Rose and in the music, lyrics and emotion of Planet 9. It is time true voices were heard and it is time for the lies to stop.”