Harvey Weinstein offered Rose McGowan USD 1 million to keep quiet

Nick Sanchez
October 31, 2017

During her remarks, McGowan called for more diversity in the entertainment industry and also described the danger of having so many men-especially men like Weinstein-making the decisions that impact women's careers, livelihoods, and identities.

In this weekend's New York Times story, McGowan says she learned over the summer that her original $100,000 settlement did not include a confidentiality clause.

Following Weinstein's seven-figure offer to cover up his heinous acts, McGowan countered with $6 million.

She said, "I have been silenced for 20 years".

In an extended statement for Variety, Rodriguez detailed his meeting McGowan for the first time in 2005, when she told him Weinstein sexually assaulted her in 1997, and said he blacklisted her from working on, or auditioning for, any Weinstein-produced film.

In early October, the Times published a damning exposé in early October that described multiple women's sexual harassment allegations against Weinstein.

She told her lawyer to pull the offer within a day of the story running.

A representative for Weinstein has denied "any allegations of non-consensual sex". "I recall clearly what I said next, 'My God, why didn't you say anything? We are courageous, and we will fight", said McGowan, who raised her left fist defiantly as the crowd at the Women's Convention in Detroit stood and cheered in support. I have been slut-shamed.

"Casting Rose in a leading role in my next movie felt like the right move to make at the time - to literally make him pay", Rodriguez adds, saying how he was "inspired to create a bad ass female action heroine who loses her leg and transforms into a superhero that rights wrongs, battles adversity, mows down rapists, and survives an apocalypse to lead the lost and tired into a land of hope; all with a crackling, retro B-movie aesthetic".

With each passing day, more women are coming forward with horrifying accusations against the movie mogul, 65, who was sacked from his own company earlier this month after facing numerous allegations of sexual assault and harassment. What happened to me behind the scenes happens to all of us in this society.

The conference, an extension of the massive Women's March protests that unfolded earlier this year in January, comes amidst a firestorm of attention and scrutiny directed towards powerful men accused of sexual assault, and the institutions and cultures that protect them.

Hollywood may seem like it's an isolated thing, but it's not. I have been harassed.

"Ew, gross, you're disgusting, I don't want your money, that would make me feel disgusting."
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