Rose McGowan voiced her opinion on “the monster” Harvey Weinstein “finally having his day in court” in a new Hollywood Reporter guest column.
It was announced Monday that Weinstein had been indicted on new sex crime charges in Los Angeles, just as his trial on separate rape and sexual assault charges in New York was poised to get underway.
McGowan wrote in her column, “I hold a Grand Canyon of pain so deep that I have what feels like tundra frozen over me.
“I have lost any ability to trust, to let down my guard or to exist as a free woman. I am tethered to the monster and his accomplices.”
McGowan, one of the earliest and most impactful voices to speak out on the Weinstein abuse allegations, continued: “Now that the monster is having his day in court, I think the most important thing that should be brought to the public’s attention is this: Everyone deserves a fair trial, even Weinstein, but it will come at great cost to the women bravely testifying against him.
“The impending feeling of this trial is one of dark hope. Dark because we survivors are used to being abandoned by justice, and hope because we are human.”
The actress finished up by writing: “No matter what the outcome, we will no longer be silent.”
The Hollywood mogul has now been charged with raping one woman and sexually assaulting another in separate incidents over a two-day period in 2013, Los Angeles County district attorney Jackie Lacey said in a news release.
Weinstein faces up to 28 years in state prison if he is convicted of forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual penetration by use of force and sexual battery by restraint.