Rose McGowan Talks ‘Brave’ & ‘Citizen Rose’ On ‘Good Morning America’ [VIDEO]
ROSE MCGOWAN ON HARVEY WEINSTEIN
McGowan said that most people were aware and were part of the “complicity machine” that allowed his behavior to continue to decades. “Everybody knew. I know that. I was there,” the actress told Good Morning America. “People kind of think like I don’t know these people, that I’m on the outside, like they are, looking in.”
Now a filmmaker and activist, McGowan says she saw both sides and was mostly ignored for her part. She accused Weinstein of raping her 20 years ago at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival. “I would be the one that saw both sides, that nobody notices, that was pretty and there just to be used and discarded when they were done,” she said.
McGowan was on Good Morning America to discuss her new book Brave, which is a raw discussion of her tale of sexual abuse and the issues in Hollywood and beyond. “The broader message is about thought and it’s about just looking at things. I realized there are no lobbyists for critical thinking and no lobbyists for bravery… be brave, even if you’re ankle shake,” she said.
McGowan is also telling her story in a five-part series called Citizen Rose. The documentary, on E!, follows the actress through the Women’s Convention, a support group, and being chosen as one of Time‘s People of the Year. By being the subject as well as the narrator and producer, McGowan is taking control of her own story, which women have so long been shut out from.
On GMA, McGowan explained that someone from her management team set up the meeting between her and Weinstein, and that she felt detached from her body at the time. “A lot of victims and survivors will say they detach and you really do,” said McGowan, who was 23 at the time. “You float up above your body because you’re trying to figure out … Literally when he grabbed me I was thinking, ‘Oh I hope I still have lipstick on for the camera.’ Your brain is in another place and all of a sudden your body is like, ‘What, what, what.’ This is not what I expected at 10 in the morning.”
Eventually, McGowan reached a settlement with Weinstein for $100,000 in exchange for not pursuing legal action. McGowan recalls trying to use the money to buy a billboard. “It was my only way of saying, ‘I didn’t like this. I didn’t want this.’ It was my only form of voice,” she said.
In a statement to ABC News, Weinstein’s attorney Ben Brafman denied all of McGowan’s claims against him. “Mr. Weinstein denies Rose McGowan’s allegations of non-consensual sexual contact and it is erroneous and irresponsible to conflate claims of inappropriate behavior and consensual sexual contact later regretted, with an untrue claim of rape.”